Local man accused of robbery and assault on elderly woman

Shawn Jarrett

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WKBN) —  A Howland man who served 30 years on a murder charge was arrested in Michigan on Friday, according to our sister station, WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

On Monday, Shawn Jarrett, 50, was arraigned in Grandville, Mich., after being accused of robbing and assaulting an 85-year old woman.

In 1982, Jarrett murdered a 64-year-old Farrell woman. Two months after that, he assaulted a 58-year-old woman after talking his way into her home.

He served 30 years in prison for the crimes, and was released in late 2012 after serving his full sentence.

On Thursday, police said he talked his way into the home of the 85-year-old woman and attacked her.

This happened just about two months after Yolanda Rayes went missing. Her body was found about three weeks after she went missing at a construction site less than a mile from where she worked at a greenhouse in Walker, Mich.

When Walker police heard about what happened in Grandville, they called authorities in Grandville and told them they may want to look into Shawn Jarrett, which help lead to his arrest in the Grandville assault.

Walker police already had named Jarrett a person of interest in Rayes’ death. Walker police are now working with Grandville police hoping DNA evidence may help further link him to Rayes’ death.


A judge in Grandville denied Jarrett bond for the crimes he is accused of there. He is scheduled to be back in court next Thursday.

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