TRUMBULL CO. Indictment lists assault, drug charge
The defendant is expected to be arraigned Aug. 25.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A Youngstown man is indicted in the beating, stabbing and shooting of a Girard man.
A Trumbull County grand jury issued a special report Wednesday and indicted Jabbar Spires, 27, whose last known address was Catalina Avenue, on charges of felonious assault and attempted possession of cocaine.
Spires, who is being held in the county jail, is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Aug. 25.
Capt. Frank Bigowsky said Timothy McCauley, 24, of 72 Mosier Road, Apt. 2, was beaten, stabbed and shot in the stomach July 31.
McCauley spent several days in St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he was treated for multiple cuts and bruises in addition to the bullet wound.
According to the police report, neighbors heard shots fired shortly before 1:30 p.m. July 31 from the duplex where McCauley lives.
Bigowsky said McCauley emerged from the first-floor window onto the porch and got into a vehicle.
Meanwhile, neighbors called police and said they saw a man walk from the duplex carrying a bag, get into a Dodge Caravan and leave. Bigowsky said that man, identified as Spires, honked the vehicle horn at neighbors as he drove off.
The captain explained that police obtained a search warrant for McCauley's apartment, seizing firearms, drugs and money.
Bigowsky said marijuana plants also were found growing in the attic.
The duplex had two surveillance cameras on the outside, the captain said, adding that he will confer with the prosecutor's office concerning charges against McCauley.
"All I can say right now is that there is an ongoing investigation," Bigowsky said Wednesday.
Bigowsky has said the motive for the shooting was either a drug deal gone bad or Spires' attempting to steal drugs.
Spires has a criminal history that includes drug and firearms violations, domestic violence and aggravated menacing, the captain said.