By Ashley Luthern
Police arrested one Youngstown man Tuesday and are searching for another in the shooting death of 74-year-old Thomas J. Repchic.
Kevin D. Agee Jr., 25, faces charges of aggravated murder and felonious assault. Agee will be arraigned today in Youngstown Municipal Court.
Police on Tuesday night were looking for Aubrey F. Toney, 29, of Youngstown, in the murder.
Repchic and his wife, Jacqueline A., 74, were driving near the intersection of Philadelphia Avenue and Southern Boulevard after leaving St. Dominic Church when someone fired six to 12 shots at the couple’s Cadillac. Jacqueline Repchic was wounded in her leg, since amputated.
Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said the murder was “clearly a case of mistaken identity.”
The individuals involved had a dispute — maybe a turf war or drug-related — and were looking for the driver of a 1990 Cadillac, the same type of vehicle as the Repchics’, Hughes said. He added that police have identified a suspect with a vehicle similar to the Repchics’.
Mayor Jay Williams said he wanted members of St. Dominic Church,
77 E. Lucius Ave., to “rest assured” that they were not being targeted.
Agee was arrested Tuesday afternoon at 537 Garfield St., off Glenwood Avenue, said Capt. Rod Foley.
A second man was arrested at that location on unrelated drug charges.
Two pit-bull dogs, weapons and loads of ammunition were confiscated from the Garfield Street house.
The arrest came only a day after police located the 1999 maroon Dodge Durango used in the drive-by shooting. The owner of that vehicle is not a suspect in the killing, Hughes said.
Foley commended the Youngstown investigative team and said that many useful tips came in from the Crime Stoppers phone line.
On Sunday, Williams issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the city’s 19th homicide.
“We don’t know how much information we got in was related to the reward, but at the end of the day, there is one individual in custody and we’re seeking information on any others,” Williams said. “For those who did provide information, we’re certainly exceptionally grateful.”
Hughes said police are working to curb gang violence.
“We made other arrests today,” he said. “... We have stepped up enforcement.”
An attempted burglary at the Repchics’ Trenton Avenue home Saturday, the same day of the shooting, is unrelated to the murder investigation and appears to be an opportunistic crime, Hughes said.
“In the most unfortunate of situations, it is fortunate that we have men and women of the Youngstown Police Department who will act swiftly and decisively,” Williams said. “We want to send a message that this will not stand in this community. It will not be tolerated.”
Calling hours for Thomas Repchic are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, 3100 Canfield Road in Youngstown. The funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Dominic Church.