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Double-killing victims in Youngstown ID’d; suspect charged

Members of the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response team are shown around a home on North Bon Air Avenue on Wednesday after entering the home and coming back out. They did not find the suspect in Tuesday morning’s Salt Springs Road double homicide inside. ....Staff photo / Ed Runyan

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Coroner’s office has identified the two people killed Tuesday morning at a home on Salt Springs Road as Ayanna Mills, 49, and her son, Brandon Bell, 28.

Also, Youngstown Municipal Court now has an aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated murder charge filed against Jabrae L. Perry, 44, in the case.

Mills was pronounced dead at the scene of the 10:12 a.m. incident in the 1200 block of Salt Springs. Bell was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, where he died at 2:27 p.m. Autopsies will be conducted by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Among Perry’s criminal cases in Mahoning County is one from 2015 — in which he lived at either the home where the shootings took place, or the former commercial building now used as apartments directly in front of the home.

On Wednesday morning, police got a tip that a silver sport utility vehicle driven from the scene of the killings was at a home on North Bon Air Avenue. They confirmed that the vehicle is the one they had been searching for.

But officers discovered that the home — which neighbors thought was vacant — had a man inside whose behavior caused concern and resulted in the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team being called to the neighborhood.

One reason for use of the team was to determine whether Perry was in the home, said Capt. Rod Foley, head of the detective bureau of the Youngstown Police Department.

A few hours later, the team entered the home and did not find Perry.

Police had described the vehicle and given the license plate number to the public on Tuesday to try to find it and find Perry. Police have said they think the killings are domestic-related.

Police interviewed the male who had been in the house but had not filed any charges against him, Foley said.

Foley said police have received conflicting information as to whether Perry was inside the home at some point since the killings.

The crisis response team amassed a large number of officers and used two armored vehicles during the effort to determine whether Perry was inside and to bring him into custody.

When asked if police have a motive in the case, Foley said Perry has mental-health issues, “so I don’t know if that was related or a domestic that turned bad. It’s still early in the investigation.”

Foley said police do not know Perry’s location.

Sgt. Jeff Saluga of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and the crisis response team said the home on Bon Air had two dogs inside but was in “deplorable condition” with ankle-deep dog feces and lots of other clutter.

In Perry’s 2015 Mahoning County criminal case, he pleaded guilty to felony domestic violence and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

He also pleaded guilty to one felony count of domestic violence in 2009 and was sentence to three years of probation.

He also was sentenced in 2009 to three years of probation for a 2008 Mahoning County felony domestic violence conviction. A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge also ordered him to “continue his counseling, acquire a job, continue his schooling, complete family counseling classes, complete anger management classes and random alcohol and drug testing,” court records state.

None of the three cases involved Ayanna Mills, according to court records. The first two cases involved a woman to whom he was married until late 2010.

erunyan@vindy.com

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