Suspect in North Side homicide arrested
By Joe Gorman
A suspect in a North Side homicide was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Farrell, Pa.
Prince Jennings, 29, was arrested in the borough about 1:30 p.m. by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on a federal warrant for a parole violation.
Because he had a federal warrant, he did not have to be held in the Mercer County jail to await extradition but instead was taken to Youngstown and questioned by city police detectives before being taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center to be treated for a gunshot wound to the calf he suffered more than a week ago, said police Lt. Douglas Bobovnyik.
Jennings is a suspect in the murder of 33-year-old Shannon Strosnider, who was shot to death inside a home on Tod Lane about 12:55 a.m. June 29.
For now, Jennings is charged with two counts of felonious assault in connection with a shooting at Wick and Bissel avenues on the afternoon of June 28.
Police said Strosnider’s death resulted from that shooting, and that Jennings was looking for an ex-boyfriend of someone at the Tod Lane home when he fired through a front door several times and struck Strosnider, who died from her wounds.
Reports said officers found 12 spent shell casings on the front porch of the home.
Also arrested with Jennings was Tyronda Brown, 22, of Youngstown, who is charged with complicity to commit felonious assault.
Bobovnyik said detectives think Brown was the driver of the car Jennings used when he was involved in the June 28 shooting.
Brown will be held in the Mercer County jail until she can be extradited to Ohio and Mahoning County, Bobovnyik said.
Jennings is a suspect in Strosnider’s death, Bobovnyik said, but detectives still have more work to do on the case.
Jennings also had an untreated gunshot wound that Jennings claimed was suffered in the shooting on June 28 that he had never sought treatment for, and it was beginning to be infected, Bobovnyik said.
Jennings has no local criminal record but Bobovnyik said he does have a record in California and in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood.
Bobovnyik also said Jennings has used several aliases in the past.
There was no sign of a criminal record for Brown in municipal court or common pleas court records.
Bobovnyik said Jennings and Brown were in Farrell trying to evade city police but he said he did not know if they had ties to the Mercer County area.
In 2009, Jennings was sentenced to four years supervised release in the U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio after entering a guilty plea in November 2008 to a charge of conspiracy to intent to distribute cocaine.