Niles man indicted on attempted murder, felonious assault

Staff report


A 21-year-old North Cedar Street, Niles, man is indicted on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault for his part in a Nov. 16 assault of a man on the bike path at Pratt Street and East Park Avenue in Niles.

James P. Egner will be arraigned at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. If convicted, he could receive nearly 20 years in prison.

Niles police said they found a man and woman arguing when they arrived at 11:48 p.m. near a tavern and Murphy Park. The man had been assaulted with a knife and said he was jumped by four males. He was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

In another case, Michael Fernandez, 50, of Fourth Street Southwest, was indicted on felonious assault and kidnapping.

Warren police said Fernandez abducted a 24-year-old Youngstown Road, Niles, woman in Niles at 6:50 p.m. Nov. 26 and took her to a house at 2145 Brier St. SE in Warren, dragged her out of a car by her hair, threw her into the bedroom, held a knife to her throat and said, “You are going to make me money tonight.”

Fernandez then forced the woman to drink something and told a second man to watch her and kill her if she tried to leave, according to a Warren police report.

Fernandez then heard his name on a police scanner and tried to leave, but officers were already there and arrested him, police said.

The woman was treated at St. Joseph Health Center for injuries she suffered in Niles, police said.

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