Man jailed on obstruction charges

By Joe Gorman


A Campbell man is in the Mahoning County jail on $75,000 bond after prosecutors said Friday he held a woman in a car against her will Thursday evening.

Edwin Valera Crespo, 50, was arraigned in municipal court before Judge Elizabeth Kobly on charges of abduction, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and using weapons while intoxicated.

Valera Crespo was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of North Hazelwood Avenue on the West Side after police were called there for a report of a fight between a man and a woman with a gun involved.

The woman told police she was arguing in a car with Varela Crespo and he had a gun with him.

Reports said Valera Crespo appeared drunk, and police found a 9 mm pis-tol in the car.

Assistant City Prosecutor Jeffrey Moliterno told Judge Kobly that Valera Crespo had held the woman in the car against her will and refused to let her out even though she asked several times.

“She requested multiple times to get out, and he kept her in the car through force and threats,” Moliterno said.

Moliterno said Valera Crespo also has an extensive arrest record, mostly for drug arrests, from New York.

“He’s been convicted more times than I can count,” Moliterno siad.

Marquise Wilkins, 25, of West LaClede Avenue, was also arraigned Friday in municipal court on charges of possession of heroin, possession of drugs and possession of marijuana.

Reports said Wilkins was pulled over about 10:10 p.m. Thursday for speeding and making an improper turn. Reports said his car smelled heavily of marijuana, and he was asked to get out of the car. The drugs were found in the door handle, and the cash was in his possession, reports said.

Despite the money, Wilkins asked for a court- appointed lawyer, saying he works “under the table” for the business of a family member. He was given an attorney. His bond was set at $15,000.

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