Arrests made in robbery of Boardman Realtor; could be linked to Youngstown homicide

BOARDMAN — Two brothers were arrested by Boardman police Tuesday night on aggravated robbery charges for a Sept. 15 incident involving a local real estate agent.

Paul Brooks, 27, of Youngstown, and Robert Brooks, 25, of Youngstown, are accused of robbing a female Realtor at gunpoint when she showed them an apartment at 4020 Hillman Way. A warrant for their arrest was signed Tuesday.

Robert Brooks was interviewed and admitted being involved in the Boardman robbery, police said.

Youngstown police are also investigating another crime against a real estate agent that they say is connected to the Boardman case.

Vivian Martin, 67, was found in a burning home at 3660 Nelson Ave. at 2:40 p.m. Monday. Her body was identified Tuesday by the Mahoning County Coroner’s office and police are treating the death as a homicide.

Youngstown police said the two cases are related. The Brooks brothers also were questioned by Youngstown police, and Robert was questioned by Brookfield Police, which is where Boardman police arrested him.

The Portage County sheriff also is investigating the murder of Andrew Vonstein, 51, a well-known real-estate agent in Ravenna whose body was found in a vacant building Tuesday morning.

Youngstown police say there are similarities between the Portage County and Youngstown cases, but they do not believe they are connected.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Vindicator and

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