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Police have ‘strong suspect’ in Youngstown's 15th killing

Published: Fri, June 15, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Police have a “strong suspect” in the killing Wednesday of 24-year-old Dion Weatherspoon and have arrested a teenage girl in a related stabbing that took place shortly after the shooting death.

Police were called to 246 Hilton Ave. about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday initially for a large group of males fighting. Before officers could respond, a second call came in to police saying shots had been fired.

Police arrived at the Hilton address on the South Side to find Weatherspoon, of a different Hilton Avenue address, lying dead in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds. He became the city’s 15th homicide victim of 2012.

Police Chief Rod Foley said detectives working on the case have ascertained the name of the person who most likely fired the shots.

“We have a strong person of interest we are building a case against. We are tying up a few loose ends, and I am hoping to get a warrant out pretty soon,” he said. “We are really comfortable with the investigation.”

Foley would not say much about the suspect other than he is a male and is believed to have been friends with Weatherspoon. Foley said the two men had a somewhat volatile friendship, however.

“We believe there was a long-going altercation between [Weatherspoon] and this individual. These two knew each other, but we don’t know why it ramped up to gunfire,” Foley said.

The fact that the suspect would begin shooting in a neighborhood during daylight hours with the intent to kill or do bodily harm, Foley said, is a big reason police want him off the streets.

Police did arrest a 17-year-old girl for a stabbing two houses away from the shooting scene. The 19-year-old stabbing victim is believed to be Weatherspoon’s former girlfriend, and one of the other females involved in the attack is said to have a child by Weatherspoon.

Police went back to the Hilton area and found the 19-year-old victim lying on an enclosed porch bleeding from various parts of her body. She was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.

Reports say several people hanging around the area told officers to stop a girl walking away from the scene, later identified as 17-year-old Sydney Fields, who was said by witnesses to be responsible for the stabbing.

According to reports, when police attempted to stop Fields for questioning, she took a fighting stance and threw punches at two officers.

Police used a stinger gun to gain control of Fields. She is charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Police reports say Fields and a group of women approached the victim inquiring about Weatherspoon. A fight broke out between the victim and the women. The victim was stabbed multiple times during that altercation before a group of men intervened and stopped the assault.


1nuganuech(46 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

11:30 in the morning? Shouldn't these people be at work? And how does a 17 year old get knocked up by a 24 year old?
Never mind, I'll just go back to work and pay my taxes.

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2steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

You have to wonder when in God's name this violence and mayhem is going to stop.

You can't fault the cops.
They can only make arrests.
I'm willing to bet the thug who killed Weatherspoon has a long arrest record and should have probably been in jail but some bleeding heart liberal judge let him off easy.

15 Murders in 6 months !!!
This killing and violence is not going to slow down or ever stop until these thugs are made to serve the full sentences they deserve.

Violent repeat offenders running around free to commit more crime and worst of all reproduce.
Just more kids without fathers left to be raised by very young single unemployed mothers who will never finish high school and live on welfare their entire life.

The children grow up with no sense of family,direction or discipline and the cycle of violence,dependency,lack of education and reproduction continues.
The real tragedy here are the children who suffer in most cases.

Unless people take responsibility for their actions,practice self control and decide they want an education so they have a shot at a better life these poor children will continue to suffer.

You can't blame race,society or anything else.
We have only ourselves to blame for the decisions we make but it's damn unfair that babies and very young children have to pay for those poor choices.

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3kensgirl(1060 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

It's only going to get worse believe me. You can lead a thug to water....

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4Otto(20 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Amen to that

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5redvert(2239 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"And how does a 17 year old get knocked up by a 24 year old?"

Seriously, you don't know, Ever heard the expression "birds and the bees"???

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6southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Yes, throwing punches at officers is the best way to go to jail...moron!

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7nuganuech(46 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Hey Einstein, I meant from a societal/familial standpoint. You must be part of the culture where this considered normal.

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8kensgirl(1060 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I don't think Mr. Weatherspoon will be missed by respectable society (however few in numbers they may be anymore). I think right about now he may be recontemplating his thug lifestyle while waiting for someone to throw him down an ice cube from above.

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