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Homicide suspect arrested during Operation Shield

Published: Tue, May 1, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



City police picked up a teenage suspect in the city’s 10th homicide of the year while conducting Operation Shield — a citywide law-enforcement sweep focusing on problem areas.

Police Chief Rod Foley said officers arrested Kyle Patrick, 17, of Midland Avenue on Saturday afternoon. The teenager is charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder.

Foley said Patrick was known by law- enforcement officials.

“He does have a criminal history but has never been arrested for anything like this,” Foley said. “He has been known to carry a firearm.”

Michael Abighanem, 27, of Thalia Street, was shot after he and a friend went to a house on Silliman Street on the West Side around 4:30 p.m. Friday so Abighanem could sell a video-game system and a laptop computer. Police are calling the murder a robbery gone bad.

Patrick was a suspect in a burglary in the city as recent as March. Police records include reports listing Patrick going back to at least when he was 14.

Reports list Patrick as a suspect in an act of aggravated menacing in March. He reportedly argued with an 18-year-old girl on Halls Heights, became angry and fired a shot into the air.

Reports say Patrick was arrested for a separate aggravated menacing in July 2011 after he and a group of other teens were in an argument with a homeowner on Mayfield Avenue. One of the teens lifted his shirt as if to indicate he had a gun.

Patrick also was arrested for burglary in July 2011. Patrick and several others also are listed as suspects in a 2010 aggravated robbery where a 16-year-old boy was beaten and robbed of $30. Someone, allegedly, pulled a gun on the teen victim.

Police reports also show a 2009 burglary report where Patrick is listed as a suspect.

Patrick also has been listed in reports as a victim of assault several times and a victim of burglary.

Foley said the investigation into the homicide is ongoing, and police may be making an additional arrest soon. He said anyone involved may have been looking to steal merchandise.

“The problem they are going to have if they are involved in this is that they all planned this robbery. It resulted in a murder. Now, they are all tied into this murder together, whether you pulled the trigger or not,” the chief said.

Foley said Patrick was arrested in a joint effort with juvenile probation officers during Operation Shield over the weekend. Officers spent two days targeting the city’s high-problem areas for stepped-up enforcement.

The joint operation involved city police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the FBI, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Mahoning County Juvenile Probation Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Office, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

Foley said the increased presence lets the public know that police are active and working to keep neighborhoods safe.

“This sends the message to the bad guys that we are out there looking at them particularly, and it lets the community know that we are trying to be proactive and keep peace in these neighborhoods,” Foley added.

Officers in the operation conducted 407 traffic stops, arrested 48 people, issued 33 tickets, issued 216 warnings, confiscated $1,196 and recovered seven guns with arrests of those carrying the weapons.

Foley said getting those illegal guns off the streets is a matter of top importance to police.

“We want to emphasize gun arrest. Even on a traffic stop [we] look for a gun in that car or on that person,” he said.

The chief said he also wants to start a program to reward officers who recover at least five illegal guns during a year.


1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The biggest problem in this valley is caused by these repeat savage apes and misfits in our society.
One has to question why this sorry pos was out of jail to begin with.

You can't blame the cops who make arrests,lock these scumbags up only to see them slapped on the wrist and turned back out to rob,loot and finally murder.

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2DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Good job. Another big-man-when-he-has-a-gun is off the streets.

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3bfpeer(33 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

It's funny people can write ignorant comment on every newspaper story regarding this tragedy but when it comes to hearing about this scumbag look noone is there. This poor excuse for a waste of space has been terrorizing the county for 3 years! I believe an eye for an eye. Mr. Patrick's parents or guardians should have to pay for Michael's funeral, hold them accountable for at least something since they have not been able to control this child. The sad part is maybe the parents were in denial or depressed about the spawn they have but I really wish someone could have medicated him before he decided to try to ruin everyone's lives! I pray that if the justice system doesn't get him, karma will! If we were in the middle east they would stone him! Our country is known as murders even though WE think its the other way around. We let murders free to murder again, other countries get rid of them.'Do unto others as they do unto you' Peace be with all the families of the past 10 victims we have had this year and unfortunatelly they many more we will have!

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4Outtatown2010(4 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

With that long record his parents should be ashamed and charged for his bad behavior as well. MAYBE if they were these kids would act right and parents would care. There is no way he should have been walking the streets with a record like that!

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5bmanresident(607 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure the parents only concern is whether they can still collect their earned income credit at the end of the year.

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Hi Stan comment 6
Glad to see you back

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7bmanresident(607 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Stan's back?

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8PARANRML(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The March burglary they mention is ME! This idiot broke into my sister in laws house on Maryland, stole her money, cell phone and ring of keys. ( she happend to be borrowing my car that night because we were fixing hers ) and he went into the garage and stole MY car. later that night at 3am he texts my phone telling me i have to pay him to get my own car back! He called and harassed me constantly, i recorded him every time! Neighbors got wind that it was Kyle and I made a report and gave the detectives my recrdings.. he cracked my cars radiator, left his cds and cigars all over my car, he calls me 2 weeks after I got my car back asking me to buy drugs and then he threatend to go into my sister in laws house again and hold her for ransom and if i didnt pay he would kill her! This victim would still be alive if they would have arrested him when he stole my car and made these threats!!!!! Such a shame, may the victim and his family be at peace.

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9bfpeer(33 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Sorry para this happen to you. I wish the YPD would lock up juvies instead of letting them roam free. Look in Pa the 11 year old,locked him up as fast as possible. Ohio should adopt Florida laws about shooting people then this scumbag probably would have expired awhile ago before he continued his regin of terror. I hope he gets to spend his memorial day in setion f. You reap what you sew! And if he wasn't the actually 'triggar' man he still as guilty as the rest for not helping the victim or calling an ambullance. There is a difference between having a conceince and making a mistake and being a demonic spawn from hell. May Michael rest in peace!

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