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Man charged in killing of 2 apprehended

COLUMBUS — The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Jabrae L. Perry, 44, Tuesday morning in Columbus in connection with the Aug. 24 double homicide on Salt Springs Road in Youngstown.

Perry is charged in Youngstown Municipal Court with one count of aggravated murder and one count of complicity to aggravated murder in the deaths of Ayanna Mills, 49, and her son, Brandon Bell, 28.

They were found shot in a home in the 1200 block of Salt Springs. Mills was dead at the scene. Bell was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, where he later died.

Members of the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team located Perry in Columbus after investigators gained information that Perry was hiding in a home on Chelford Road there. He was arrested without incident and was booked into the Franklin County jail.

Perry has no arraignment date yet in Youngstown Municipal Court.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said of the arrest: “It is a terrible loss that the families of Ms. Mills and Mr. Bell have suffered. Law enforcement in Youngstown and across the state of Ohio hope that having this suspect in custody will bring some peace.”

The Youngstown Police Department and later the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team were called to a home on North Bon Air Avenue early Aug. 25 after a sport utility vehicle was found parked in front of the house that police said was driven away from the Salt Springs Road home after the two people were shot.

Police said they thought Perry might be there, but when they entered the home, they discovered he was not.

Capt. Rod Foley of the Youngstown Police Department said the only answers to what may have caused the killings are an apparent domestic disturbance and that Perry has had mental health issues.

Perry has been convicted of domestic violence three times in Mahoning County since 2008, but the woman he is accused of killing was not the victim in any of the cases, according to court records.

erunyan@vindy.com

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