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Electricity theft triggers homicide on Youngstown's North Side



Published: Fri, March 2, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

By ROBERT guttersohn

rguttersohn@vindy.com

Youngstown

What began as a dispute over electricity ended Thursday with the city’s sixth homicide of the year.

Police said the suspect, Jasmine Fletcher, 21, shot and killed Munir Blake, 31, both of Lora Avenue, after he tried to cut the power cord she was using to steal electricity from his home.

Police on the scene would not release a description of Fletcher, and as of late Thursday, they were still searching for her.

Police helicopters with spotlights lighting the streets flew over the surrounding neighborhoods searching.

Police said that between 4 and 5 p.m., Blake walked to Fletcher’s home to cut the power source. Police said Blake and Fletcher began arguing.

At some point, Fletcher fired up to 10 rounds into Blake from a handgun, police said.

Police were called to the scene. Nearby, a police Critical Response Team servicing drug warrants responded to the shooting; first reports indicated incorrectly that the shooter was hiding in one of the floors at the Lora Avenue address.

After searching the home, police did not find her.

Lt. John Kelty, of CRT, found Blake dead in the first-floor kitchen.

Kelty said police are checking with relatives and friends of Fletcher for places where she might have fled.

By the time the body was found, neighbors had swarmed around the residences. Some were with the victim’s family.

Police Chaplain Chris Yambar said one of Blake’s four children saw the shooting and was rushed to police headquarters to give a statement.

Yambar was consoling Blake’s wife and children when police took his body from the home.

“It’s the most ridiculous shooting,” he said. “They were just stealing electricity.”

Without elaborating, Yambar said the family told him their father had recently returned to their lives and was providing for them.

“He had an education working on automobiles,” Yambar said, standing before Blake’s home.

“This is typical of our time. The value of life is at an all-time low.”

At this time last year, the city had recorded two homicides. The sixth homicide of 2011 in Youngstown was not recorded until June 18.


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1grg019(34 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree about the shooting being pety, and she was wrong period for stealing power from this man. But the ghetto part to me is silly because this could've happened anywhere. I'ts really sad when you can't even defend your own home. This man lost his life over nothing. If I'ts the "ghetto" or the mansion filled suburbs, this was still senseless. I hope she gets the maximum time she deserves....

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2ElPolloRetrasado(202 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Lora Ave, our new friend from California just got his place on Lora Ave! Welcome to Youngstown, be glad you don't have electricity yet, it'll just get you killed! Effing savages!!

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3Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

“This is typical of our time..."
WRONG AGAIN!
This is typical of these urban occupiers.
THERE ARE SOLUTIONS:
1. Cut electricity to all the urban occupiers draining the welfare system. 6 months & off.
2. Cut off all Section 8 housing after 6-12 months.
3. The urban occupiers contribute or leave. By withholding the free utilities, the urban occupiers will have a reason to leave.
4. Many urban occupiers have free or subsidized heat. Their windows are open during cold winter days-too lazy to turn down the thermostat. Regulate their consumption to the point they keep their heat under 64 degrees-like many of us that actually pay THEIR and our bills!

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4foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

WHO THE HELL DOES SHE THINK SHE IS TO TAKE SOMEONE' S LIFE AFTER BEING CONFRONTED ABOUT SOMETHING THAT THEY WERE PAYING FOR. A HOUSE FULL OF KIDS MAYBE. GIVING HER MONEY TO HER MAN, OR GOT A MAN THAT WAS NOT DOING HIS JOB BY PAYING HER BILLS. JUST SAD AND TRIFLANT, THIS TRAMP SHOULD BE TARRED AND FEATHERED THEN SHOT. TOOK THAT MAN FROM HIS FAMILY. YES I AM JUDGING. SHE IS TO BE JUDGED. NO GOOD ASS BITCH.PROBABLY WAS A DAMN YOUNG CRACK HEAD. YOU CAN RUN BUT FOR SO LONG YOU .CAN'T HIDE.

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5DwightK(1250 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

YTOWNLION, I understand what you are saying but your argument completely absolves this woman of her personal responsibility.

We pay taxes that provide free schooling to all children in the state. If you are indigent, taxpayers provide food stamp assistance, utility assistance (HEAP), Section 8 housing assistance, job training programs, low cost mass transit, Medicaid and free access to a fine library system for internet access and other resources.

Whatever this young woman's circumstances are, we cannot absolve her of the choices she made. Life is what you make it. It sounds like the victim was working hard to provide a good life for his family.

I have no problem with helping people who need but but they have to be willing to work hard to improve their circumstances.

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6fcb(320 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Poor woman my a--. She was stealing ,plain and simple! This is the same woman you would see shoplifting,buying drugs,ect. If you don't want to live like that you do something to change it. Like,GET A JOB!! and I don't want to hear that bull crap about no jobs and we need to support theses people. Watch the paper in the next few weeks.If she goes before Judge Sweeney she will be back at home and getting free electric while the poor guys family is burying him.

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7Thomas1(14 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

@Ytownlion

What do you think could have been done to have prevented this? Yeah - society is responsible for this person's actions. I presume more of these killings will take place in the future - not because society wronged poor Jasmine - but because criminals have no respect for property or human life.

She needs electricity. Time for for the state to fire up old sparky and give her a nice jolt of electricity for free.

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8One_Who_Stayed(236 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Give her plenty of free electricity. . . 30K Volts for about a minute. . . repeat. . . . check pulse. . . if still there repeat until it's not.

@YTOWNLION - "this young lady is our personal responsibility" - if she is - then this is how we need to deal with this sort of no-account scum. I say that this is what we make of the rest of her life.

She saw fit to take someone else's life away from them. . . . .all over the fact that he tried to stop her from stealing from him! Incredible - I have not one ounce of pity for this ruthless P.O.S. no matter what her circumstances might have been.

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9VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

With so many programs available for those who cannot afford to pay for their electricity, one can only wonder why she resorted to stealing power from her neighbor. Apparently, she was on the "cut off" list of the power company for past disgressions. I have heard many stories by utility workers over threats, physical assaults, weapon assaults and shootings by residents over their electric services. The utility companies do not wish to discuss these incidents and prefer to keep them quiet.

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10DaddyD(24 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

They caught her!!!!!!!!! She needs to burn in HELL. She killed a father of 5 over some electricity that she was stealing!!!!!
New neighbor from California get out while you can, especially before the weather breaks!!!!

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11legend33(169 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

That drunk guy Gains will let her go with a slap on the wrist!

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12OdysseusTheGreat(2 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I hope she dies as painfully as possibly. Munir was as nice as can be, took care of his family, loved his wife and kids, and was a GOOD PERSON.

If she gets off scot free, I will make it my personal mission to petition for a retrial. No plea bargain. PUT HER TO DEATH.

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13hellokitty(161 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Where is the outrage for this victim, a hard working, law abiding family man??! When are the people of Y-town going to say enough is enough? Sadly, I suspect never......

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14VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

No one wants to stand up for this poor soul Blake, because of our liberal sytem that enables felons and killers to be back out onto the street again. What a country. You get 7 years for murder and released after 4 years for good behavior! Used a gun...no problem...we'll just overlook that law that our legislators wrote and waive it. You won't do it again anyway, right?

Come on...why do I sense that we have written laws our liberal judges will not uphold. And Fletcher got another gun. Where did she get it? And was her first gun illegally obtained? With all the gun laws we have forced upon American citizens, why are they not being used in cases like these? I know...pass another gun law so we can arrest law-abiding people who are trying to defend themselves against people like Fletcher. What's going on in this country?!? This is insane and has got to stop!!!

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