Fugitive Arrested in Youngstown

A Bedford man accused in a shooting and stabbing in Cuyahoga County was apprehended Monday by deputy U.S. Marshals in Youngstown.

Jamar Alston, 18, of Avery Avenue, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on Monday at 614 W. Earl Street on Youngstown’s South Side.

U.S. Marshal Task Force Coordinator Dean Michaels said the marshals’ Cleveland office obtained information that Alston was hiding with relatives in Youngstown. Michaels said Alston told officers he was his brother and refused to let them inside.

Marshals forced their way inside the home and found Alston hiding underneath a stair case. Two others were inside the home, including Alston’s brother, Jemel Edwards.

Edwards, 28, was arrested for violating the terms of his probation on a 2010 receiving stolen property conviction.

Alston was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury in April on two counts of second-degree felonious assault for two separate incidents. The charges carry a maximum 22-year prison sentence.

Reports and court filings said Alston on Jan. 17 tried to coax 23-year-old Myron Thomas and two others into fighting. The men refused and Alston fired one shot from a 9-millimeter handgun into the crowd, striking Thomas in the right leg. Reports said the bullet went straight through his leg.

Alston fled in a vehicle driving by Ronald Henry Jr., 18, who was also charged with two counts of felonious assault.

Reports said witnesses identified Alston and Henry in the shooting. One of the witnesses had a protection order against Alston, who is facing charges for stabbing the man in a December incident.

Reports said Alston stabbed a man named Chris Harris Dec. 12 during a fight at a Bedford apartment complex. Harris originally refused to pursue charges and was hospitalized. He eventually decided to file charges against Alston and a temporary protection order barring Alston from being near Harris was issued.

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