Death of homeless man downtown ruled murder, city's 4th


Police say a homeless man who was found dead late Wednesday evening died after being knocked unconscious and falling face first into a puddle, where he drowned.

Detectives arrested Jayjuane Hardy, 40, who is also homeless, on a murder charge late today in the death of 55-year-old Robert Syster. Hardy is being held in the Mahoning County jail pending his arraignment in municipal court.

Syster was found by another homeless person just after 10 p.m. Wednesday face down in a puddle behind a parking lot on Front Street downtown. His death is the city’s fourth homicide of the year.

Read more about the death in Saturday's Vindicator or on

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