Homicide suspect captured in Niles

NILES — Local officers arrested a Navarre man wanted on a Summit County homicide warrant after crashing a motorcycle into a fence on West Federal Street, according to Niles police Chief Jaisan Holland.

Jeffrey J. Peasley, 40, was treated for injuries he sustained in the crash and then transported to the Trumbull County jail, where he was held for Summit County deputies. Jail records show he was released around 11 p.m. Tuesday and then booked into the Summit County jail about an hour later.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Niles dispatchers took a call about a crashed motorcycle on West Federal at Steel Street. Officers learned the driver left the scene, entering the wooded area near BRT Extrusions, according to information Holland released Wednesday.

The license plate indicated the motorcycle was reported stolen in Summit County and that the person suspected of taking the vehicle was wanted on a homicide warrant issued by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers there told Niles police to consider the man “armed and dangerous.”

“(W)e were advised that the suspect was to be considered armed and dangerous and (were told he) had made threats to law enforcement.”

“Due to the danger to officers and the area residents,” Niles police asked officers from Howland and Weathersfield for mutual aid, a news release states.

As a “large scale search” commenced, a tip for a “suspicious” man on Higgins Street came in.

“Officers were able quickly to overwhelm the suspect, Jeffrey J. Peasley, age 40 of Navarre, and take him into custody,” according to Niles police.

A police dog from Canfield was brought to the scene to search for anything the man may have discarded, with negative results.

Summit County deputies and the Green Fire Department were called around 7 p.m. Saturday to a home on Raber Road on reports a man was shot. The man, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to news reports.


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