Suspect in North Side murder arraigned

By Joe Gorman


Bond was set at $1 million Monday for a suspect in a North Side homicide.

Jalon Allen, 22, was arraigned on a murder charge in municipal court before Magistrate Anthony Sertick. He is accused in the Sept. 20 killing of Andre Harrison, 34, who was found shot to death in his home in the 1500 block of Kensington Avenue.

Warrants were issued Friday in municipal court for the arrest of Allen and David Oliver, 24. Allen turned himself in to homicide detectives Saturday at the police station. Police are still looking for Oliver.

Police have not commented on a motive, but they did say last week that information that was posted by Crimestoppers Youngstown recently helped them to get enough information to get the warrants.

That information, which was part of a video posted by Crimestoppers showing two people on the porch of Harrison’s home, is also central to the case against both men, city Prosecutor Dana Lantz told Sertick.

Lantz said Allen and Oliver came to the house, knocked on the door and spoke to Harrison and at some point, Oliver pulled a gun and the pair forced their way inside.

“All of this is captured on crystal-clear video,” Lantz said.

Inside the home, Harrison was shot one time and died of that gunshot wound, Lantz said. He was found in the living room, shot in the neck, reports said.

Less than 12 hours later, the house was destroyed in a fire that was later determined to be an arson.

Although Oliver and Allen are both charged with murder, they are not charged with arson as of yet.

Court records show Allen has a minimal court record. In 2015 he was charged in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court with carrying a concealed weapon. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years’ probation in October 2015. This arrest can be considered a violation of that probation.

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