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PHOTO: Boardman man nabbed after 4-hour standoff on Market Street bridge



Published: Mon, June 4, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

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John Sylvester sits on the Market Street bridge Sunday as a police official talks with him. Sylvester was wanted for a stabbing incident in Boardman earlier in the day and fled to the bridge, where for four hours he kept police at bay with threats to jump before finally surrendering.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

A Boardman man with a history of violence is in police custody and may face charges after reportedly stabbing his wife and threatening to commit suicide Sunday afternoon.

John Sylvester, 37, of Jaguar Drive, was taken into custody about 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the Market Street Bridge where he held officers at bay for about four hours while threatening to jump off the bridge. Police have not said what charges Sylvester may face.

Sylvester reportedly stabbed the woman in the Jaguar Drive home, then fled that area and ended up on the Market Street Bridge. When confronted by police, he dangled his legs over the side of the bridge and threatened to jump.

Sylvester sat on the bridge railing for approximately four hours threatening to jump and keeping police negotiators at bay. Police blocked the bridge to all traffic during the four-hour standoff. Paramedics were kept on standby in case he actually did jump from the bridge.

Police said Sylvester indicated that he did not remember the events in Boardman earlier in the day. He also reportedly told officers he did not want to go on living.

Police were able to coax Sylvester back on solid ground just before 3:30 p.m.

There is no word on the condition of the woman he reportedly stabbed.

Sylvester has previously spent time in prison on an attempted-murder charge.

According to court records, Sylvester was sentenced to seven to 25 years in prison in 1999 with a three-year gun specification for the attempted murder conviction. He petitioned the court for judicial release in 2003, but that request was denied.


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1Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

" He also reportedly told officers he did not want to go on living."

Yep, because this useless DNA didn't want to go back to prison. Face the consequences pitiful cockroach.

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2Reader(126 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

"Sylvester was sentenced to seven to 25 years in prison in 1999 with a three-year gun specification for the attempted murder conviction."

He COULD have been in prison through 2024 on the original charge plus the 3year gun specification 2027 could have been his relase date. Instead, this cockroach got out early. He married a woman, had a baby and now ruined their lives.

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3kensgirl(538 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Sad story on all counts. Obviously this man has mental problems. He definitely needs put away for a long time. Sad thing is there are many more like him out there we don't hear about until it's too late.

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4Not_Gilligans_Ginger(107 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, it's sad, but like someone else said, he COULD have been in prison until 2027. I think our "truth in sentencing" law is nothing at all when sentences handed down are not for an EXACT number of years. Oh, and I'm just waiting for someone to blame this on the city of Youngstown, somehow.

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5CountryGirl51(169 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Toycannon ~ I dont know how you could wish this on someone ! Yes he has had trouble in the past and still does. Mental problems as well. But to wish someone had jumped ! Really !

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6doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Lets see there CountryGirl this low life has shot a woman in the face and now stabs one . This piece of garbage isn't mental he is a criminal that should be behind bars or 6 feet under.

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7biggieshortlegs(24 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

When I found out he was the manager at Bull Frogs in Boardman I never went again. I also never went into any of the other Scianna restaurants. Who would hire a scum bag that tried to kill a woman, shooting her I think 5 times.

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8lumper(279 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

what about the prize that married this ex-con and had kids by him after the first assault ?

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92kidsihave(1 comment)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I know John. He was always a quiet, soft spoken, very polite, hard working individual as long as I've known him which has been for over 10 years. Unfortunately, there are issues that cause him to become unstable. Mental issues are not solved behind bars, but with a psychologist and therapist. This is a very sad & low point in many lives.

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10Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

"Unfortunately, there are issues that cause him to become unstable. Mental issues are not solved behind bars, but with a psychologist and therapist."

Was he dealing with these issues on his own??? Was he trying to get help?? He attempted MURDER on one women and STABBED another, not to mention WITH a CHILD around. Prison has counseling if he really wants the help, if not, then he'll do his short stint and attack the NEXT one when he gets out......
Why do INNOCENT people have to have there lives threatened because someone has mental problems that they don't want to get help until that INNOCENT person suffers and then that's a 50/50 chance they'll get help AFTER the fact.
Prison is the only place for a idiot like this. He'll fit right in. If he didn't learn the 1st time around he sure as h@#ll not going to learn the 2nd time around.... Once was enough for me.

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