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Police seek clues in killing on North Side



Published: Sat, June 30, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police are trying to determine who shot and killed 38-year-old Alfred Griffin on the North Side.

Officers were called to the 2400 block of Fifth Avenue just before 1 a.m. Friday to investigate a disturbance followed by gunfire. When they arrived, Griffin, no address available, was found lying face down partially in the street.

He had been shot multiple times in the back and was dead at the scene.

Officers found four spent shell casings close to Griffin’s body.

Police Chief Rod Foley said the department is looking for a motive in the shooting death.

“That is a quiet neighborhood, and we are trying to figure out why that individual was targeted or if this was just a random act of violence,” he said.

Griffin is Youngstown’s 17th homicide of 2012 compared with seven homicides at this time last year.

Griffin did have an arrest record involving drugs and aggravated menacing.

According to court records, he was convicted of drug trafficking and violating his probation in 2006. He was sentenced to a total of two years in prison on those charges. In 2007, he was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to a year in prison in that case.

Court records also show Griffin faced charges for misdemeanor drug abuse marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drugs and driving under the influence.

Foley said the spike in homicides is baffling, but the department, along with federal law-enforcement officials, are taking steps to rid the city of gang violence. That, he said, should curb overall violence, including murders.

“We really can’t explain it. We are working to reduce the gang footprint in the city, so it’s a conundrum as to why we are having so many [murders] at one time,” he said.

Curtis Moses was shot dead on the city’s South Side exactly one week before Griffin’s murder and nine days before Moses’ murder. Dion Weatherspoon was shot dead on Hilton Avenue a few blocks away from his home.

The detective division, the Mahoning County prosecutor’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force all have been working to stop the gang activity, particularly on the South Side. Indictments against four alleged South Side gang members were handed up by a county grand jury Thursday.

O’Keefe Brown, Frankie “Tank” Hudson Jr., Deon Sanders and Ruben Joel “Pilo” Sanchez Jr. are charged with multiple counts of robbery, aggravated robbery with firearm specifications, illegal possession of weapons and participating in a criminal gang.

A total of 16 counts are against each of the men.

Martin Desmond, an assistant county prosecutor, has promised additional indictments against other suspected gang members in the near future.


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1southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

More hood violence...

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2fcb(323 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

2400 block of fifth Ave. Only two blocks away from their new $3 million dollar football field. It's only one murder,and your stadium is not completed yet,right people? Geez,Get a grip!

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3kensgirl(609 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

That money could have been better spent on something else. These kids don't appreciate it. It'll just become a meeting place for dealing. Let's see when the first corpse will end up on the 50 yard line.

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4Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

“That is a quiet neighborhood, and we are trying to figure out why that individual was targeted or if this was just a random act of violence,” he said."

"Griffin did have an arrest record involving drugs and aggravated menacing."

Random act of violence, highly doubtful. Enough said in those two quotes.

""Curtis Moses was shot dead on the city’s South Side exactly one week before Griffin’s murder and nine days before Moses’ murder. Dion Weatherspoon was shot dead on Hilton Avenue a few blocks away from his home.""

When will they get tired of it. No respect for human life. Idiot wanna b gangstas! There neither going to end up in prison or six feet under. Let them keep killing there own. smh at such stupidity in society today.

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5FREDSTR(11 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree about the stadium issue. What gang is going to win control, or what dealer will have control of the drugs. Start a lottery as to when the first shooting will be at the new stadium. Watch the North Side get sucked into the world of violence because someone thought the stadium would be good for the kids. Did they forget why it was closed down to begin with.?

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6CongressWatcher(164 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

“That is a quiet neighborhood, and we are trying to figure out why that individual was targeted or if this was just a random act of violence”

Just a down-home nice quiet neighborhood where people walk the sidewalks and feel safe at night. They leave their doors open there. No need to lock them.....

This is getting old and scary..... Maybe they should raise the income tax even higher so they can put on more police and really make people safe enough to buy a home there. I myself have just been chomping at the the bit to find a house I can buy in Youngstown. I keep looking for an empty one but they are so hard to come by because everyone is just DYING to live there.

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76675409(37 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I see that this went down across the street from where the fomer mayor Pat Ungaro lived. So the boys are preppin tha hood for opening day at the new Rayen Stadium? One can only speculate what Alfred Griffin was up to at 1 AM.

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8jfgiancola(157 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

What does a football field have to do with some dude getting capped? I agree the money could have been spent elsewhere but on what? Learning materials.......give me a break. As former president Bush once said " Our kids is not learnin". You can buy a blind guy the best car in the world but he still won't be able to drive it. You have to have the ambition to learn and get better and a brand new shiny book or computer is not necessary for that.

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9bsdtwd(40 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

CharlieBrown said it correctly. Not only is -0- ambition an issue, but that, combined with -0- expectations of yourself or anyone else in your life, leads to lives like his and ends being shot dead on a busy road on the Northside. It's not a quiet area. It's just as bad as the Hilton/Auburndale/Florida Ave shooting gallery. Watch out Westsiders. That's about the only semi safe area left in Ytown.

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