Man arraigned in Montclair homicide; ID sought for man found in Statens' burning car

By Joe Gorman


As a man was arraigned on charges in a South Side homicide last week, police still are trying to identify a man found in a burning car late Thursday on the North Side.

City detectives said a man’s body was found in a burning car about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in an Otis Street parking lot on the North Side.

Lt. Doug Bobovnyik of the Detective Bureau said the body was so badly burned that dental records probably will be needed to establish his identity. Detectives also need an autopsy to determine how the man died because the body was burned so badly that no wounds were easily discernible, Bobovnyik said.

He said, however, the car had dual registration to Carol Staten and her son, Christopher Staten, 25. Carol Staten, a former teacher, was appointed Friday to serve on the new Youngstown Academic Distress Commission.

Bobovnyik said the person found in the car was about 6 feet tall.

Firefighters were called to the parking lot when a passing motorist saw the car on fire and called 911. When firefighters discovered the body, they then called police.

Fire reports said there was a smell of an accelerant around the car.

Bobovnyik said police checked the license plate and vehicle identification number on the car but are not sure if the car’s owner is the person who was found dead. Reports said the man’s body was found in the front seat.

Meanwhile, Desmond Kimbrough, 36, of Winona Avenue, is in the Mahoning County jail on $1 million bond, charged with the Nov. 7 shooting death of Christopher Anderson, 30.

Kimbrough was arraigned Friday before Magistrate Eugene Fehr in municipal court on a charge of murder and two unrelated charges of aggravated menacing from July 17. In that incident, reports said he was arguing with a woman over diapers and waved a gun in her face.

Kimbrough already was in the jail after he was picked up on the menacing warrant when he was served with the murder complaint, said Detective Sgt. Mike Lambert, lead investigator.

Anderson was found shot to death outside his car in the 2200 block of Montclair Avenue a little after 6 p.m. after reports said Anderson and Kimbrough argued and the two shot each other.

Reports said Kimbrough was driven by private car to St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, where he told a Boardman police officer he shot Anderson in self-defense. Inside the car he rode in to the hospital, police found two handguns, a .380-cailber and .45-caliber, reports said.

Reports said officers wanted to bag Kimbrough’s hands at the hospital so they could be tested for gunshot residue but Kimbrough clenched his fists and resisted. Reports said he broke one of the paper bags over his hands by clenching his fists, so another bag was placed over them.

Lambert said detectives waited before charging Kimbrough because they were awaiting the results of tests and also were checking witness statements. He would not say what the two were arguing about before they began shooting at one another.

Should the burning death be ruled a homicide, it would be the 19th in the city for the year, which would tie the mark for 2014 in Youngstown.

It also would be the third homicide in the city within a week. Besides Anderson’s death, a woman was found beaten and burned in her Cleveland Street home Nov. 6. A man has been arrested in that case, and a grand jury indicted him Thursday on death-penalty charges.

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