Man arraigned on charges related to shooting and police chase

Man arraigned on charges related to shooting and police chase

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


The second man arrested in a shooting and police chase in the city has been arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court.

Brandon Jackson, 29, of Youngstown, appeared Friday through video arraignment before Magistrate Anthony Sertick of Youngstown Municipal Court. Jackson faces charges of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and illegal possession of a weapon.

Jackson already was free on a $75,000 bond from an earlier case. Atty. Mark Verkhlin, standing in for Atty. David Engler who will be representing Jackson, asked the court to continue the previous bond on an unrelated case and allow Jackson to be released from Mahoning County jail.

Sertick made it clear that a bond continuance would not happen.

β€œHe was already out on bond, and now we have these charges. What would make you think I would simply continue this bond?” the magistrate said to the defense lawyer before handing down a $70,000 bond on the new charges.

Police believe Jackson was with Sergio F. Gonzalez Jr. during a Sunday morning incident involving robbery, gunfire and the chase.

The arrest warrants issued for Jackson say he had a silver handgun and an assault rifle. He is believed to have fired the handgun from the car, then fired the assault rifle while chasing another car just before he and Gonzalez began running from police.

Gonzalez, 28, is in the county jail on a $150,000 bond.

All Jackson said during the arraignment was β€œI was not in that car,” as Kathleen Thompson, an assistant city prosecutor, laid out the details of the charges for the magistrate.

Police came across a considerable amount of weapons and illegal drugs while searching a Truesdale Avenue home Wednesday looking for Jackson.

A county grand jury Thursday handed up indictments against Jackson on charges of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and illegal possession of a weapon in the earlier, separate case.

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