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Threats alleged in Adkins murder



Published: Sat, June 25, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

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Brandon Adkins

BOY TELLS MOM HE HEARD OF ‘HIT OUT’ ON WITNESSES

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The mother of a witness to the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy on the city’s South Side last week told police she is concerned about threats made against her child’s life.

The woman’s daughter and two other people are listed as witnesses in the death of Brandon Adkins, 16, of East Philadelphia Avenue. Police found him in the driveway of the house Saturday night surrounded by a large crowd. Adkins had been shot in the back and abdomen by two people carrying two guns, police said.

Police believe Rayshawn Marquise Royal, 17, and Deandre Maurice McCrary, 15, both of the South Side, are responsible for the shooting, each having fired a shot at Adkins. Warrants have been issued for their arrests. They remain at large.

The 38-year-old woman filed a report with Youngstown police Thursday after learning of the alleged threat from her 17-year-old son. The teen told his mother he heard the threats made by the two teens wanted in the murder via cellphone.

According to police reports, the boy told his mother he was with a friend using the “speaker phone” on a cellphone when he heard McCrary and Royal say they “have a hit out” on the woman’s daughter and two other witnesses in the case.

They also allegedly were attempting to get another female to fight the witnesses.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said the department takes threats against witnesses seriously.

“We do offer protection, and we do protect our witnesses in this case and in all cases,” the chief said.

Hughes again encouraged the two teens to surrender to police. He said they eventually will be captured, and additional charges, such as those related to intimidating a witness, likely could be added to the murder charge they already face.

“It’s against the law to threaten or intimidate any witness, and we will pursue those charges in conjunction with any other existing charges,” he said. “I assure you if threats or intimidation are going on, we will pursue that.”

Police records show the two teens suspected of Adkins’ murder and making the threats against the witnesses are no strangers to criminal activity.

McCrary has been a reported runaway twice in the last two years. He, with several other teens, also was implicated in a 2010 burglary on East Ravenwood Avenue.

Royal was implicated in a 2006 assault at Eagle Heights Academy, where reports allege he pushed another student into a wall and choked the boy. He also was implicated in a theft at a relative’s home in 2008 and an aggravated burglary on East LaClede Avenue in 2009 where items were taken from the home of Royal’s teen friend.

Royal also was the victim of a shooting in 2010 when he was shot twice in the leg while at an East Side housing project. He reportedly was uncooperative with officers, saying he did not know who shot him, and did not provide much information.


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1Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

"According to police reports, the boy told his mother he was with a friend using the “speaker phone” on a cellphone when he heard McCrary and Royal say they “have a hit out” on the woman’s daughter and two other witnesses in the case."

These little useless punk a@# wanna be gangstas intimate witnesses well there still on the run. To scared to face the consequences of there sorry a@# life. These useless DNA cowards need to be taken a few feet down, like maybe 6 feet. They MURDER someone and have the audacity to threaten. Just goes to show the moral of these animals. No remorse just more KILLING. Go figure.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

In the hood you have to be a silent victim . A witness to a crime in the hood is an endangered species . Is this threat real ? YOU BET ! Life means very little to them . The bloodshed is far from being over as the culture controls life in the hood . City Hall doesn't have the fortitude to bring the SouthSide under control . What will happen next is anyones guess .

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3HOWARD307(12 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

This is getting to be so common place in the MV. , No wonder kids leave after graduation , companies getting offered HUGE "incentives" and still go elsewhere. Ask yourself "would YOU want a fresh start in Youngstown, Ohio, or XXX"? Sorry, but XXX wins out most of the time. Ask your local .GOV for a list of potential relocations over the last 10 years VS who actually came here.

These gangs should ALL be treated under Federal RICO statutes as obvious criminal enterprises;There needs to be more creativity in re assessing the problem, and stopping it in more novel ways; the existing "patches" of a few successes do not scale in both social and economic terms.

This does sound a bit radical, but the law as it applies now (local / state) just do not put much teeth into a conviction , as the low level " soldiers" just get replaced by new wanna be's who are REQUIRED to commit a felony as a loyalty test! C'mon, open your eye's

The big guns (bosses) have CASH and or assets. Even the LCN had ethics back in the day-- just remember how Capone was put behind bars by , basically, by an accountant when LE could never get a conviction.

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4mrblue(968 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Just two more animals that need to be removed from society as quickly as possible. Again-----no fear of the law. Gang activity here in the valley has become a part of life-----and that is sad. And city officials wonder why the population is in decline. Believe me----they know why------they just don't know how to correct it. One thing the officials are good at----talking.

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5tonne(199 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

It's amazing how bands of young people, some as young as nine and ten, can get a stanglehold on a city and the people seem unable to do anything to stop them. If they want to know why the arrogance and the violence born of it continues, they need only look in the mirror. It takes courage to make a stand against gang activity. If they want their neighborhoods and their city back, they have to take them back. Like the gang members, they need to understand that there truly is strength in numbers and that as a united group they must tell the hoodlums and the families that breed them, "No more." The days of talking about the problems of Youngstown are long gone. The time for asking "why" has also passed. Now there must be action taken. It took a lot of courage for that young man to tell his mother what he heard and for her to go to the police with the information. If anything good is to come from what they have done, the entire community needs to step to the plate to make sure that, one, they and the others who have been threatened are protected and, two, the killers are caught and sent to prison. The people of the city have the power within themselves to clean it up and they should have realized by now that no one else is going to fight this battle for them -- not the mayor, the police chief nor any other political leader -- until they prove that they are willing to fight it, too.

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6Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

If i had my way,
I'd have all of them shot......

In The Flesh II
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