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Jasmin Fletcher, 21, arraigned in killing over electricity theft

Published: Sat, March 3, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Authorities say Jasmin Fletcher first stole from her neighbor, then pulled out a gun and shot him when he protested a second theft attempt.

Fletcher, 21, likely will be spending a long time in the Mahoning County jail on a $1 million bond.

Police have accused Fletcher of fatally shooting Munir Blake, 31, both of the 200 block of Lora Avenue, after he tried to cut the power cord she was using to steal electrical service from his home. The two lived in a North Side duplex.

Police said another man in the house at the time of the shooting has been questioned and may face charges at a later date.

Fletcher spent a short time hiding from police after the Thursday evening shooting, but Lt. John Kelty said police ultimately convinced her that it would be in her best interest to surrender to authorities.

“We had to track her down. ... Her father drove her down here,” he said.

Fletcher appeared for arraignment Friday before Magistrate Anthony Sertick of Youngstown Municipal Court. The magistrate ordered her to jail on the $1 million bond.

John Marsh, an assistant city prosecutor, told the court Fletcher has prior convictions for attempted burglary and robbery.

The only reports that appear in police files for Fletcher are a juvenile runaway report in 2008 and a report that, as a juvenile, she threatened another juvenile via phone.

Fletcher was given a court-appointed attorney after telling the court she earns $10 per hour and has a dependant daughter.

Kelty said Blake, whom he described as a “legit stand-up guy,” called the police Wednesday to complain about Fletcher stealing his electrical service. Police came out to the Lora Avenue duplex and disconnected the illegal line Wednesday.

Kelty said Fletcher purchased another cord and was attempting to begin stealing Blake’s electricity again Thursday. According to police, Blake heard Fletcher attempting to steal the electricity and confronted her. That is when the shooting took place.

“If someone is stealing from you, I would expect anyone would want to confront the person, but you don’t expect this mentality that I will pull out a gun and shoot you for it,” Kelty said.

Members of Blake’s family could not be reached for comment Friday.

Members of Fletcher’s family were present in municipal court for her arraignment, but refused to speak with reporters. There were also people moving furniture out of Fletcher’s apartment Friday morning. They also refused to speak with The Vindicator.

Blake is the sixth homicide victim this year. At this time last year, the city had recorded two homicides. The sixth homicide of 2011 in Youngstown was recorded June 18.


1fcb(417 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Why didn't the police arrest her after finding that she was stealing the electric the first time? Had they arrested her then,the poor guy might be alive today.

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

She apparently was plugging into one of his outdoor outlets. I would have disconnected the power supply to that outlet after the first theft.

Calling the police is the right thing to do, but they cannot be there 24/7 and once they are gone, the theft will return.

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3hellokitty(161 comments)posted 3 years, 8 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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4bsdtwd(41 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

She is representative of the sad state of a lot of lower income women who started life as a juvenile offender then adult burglar and now adult murderer. I'm sure there's a few shoplifting offenses etc. A useless life takes a productive life. Even after the cops told her no, Jasmine was gonna have her way. She shot him 10 times all because she wouldn't pay for electricity like everyone else.

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5reasoning(2 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

This womens actions were appauling! I think the prosecuter should seek the death penalty. I would like to see everyone write and call the offife of the mahoning co. Prosicuter and tell him no deals no plea bargain in this case. This man was murdered in cold blood and his wife and children deserve justice. So please do your part send a letter or make that call tell them no less then the dealth penalty is accepable in this case!

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6pgurney(294 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

My heart goes out to his children who were witnesses to their daddy's murder. Just makes my heart hurt...

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