18-year-old faces gun charge
YOUNGSTOWN — Jamiyah Brooks, of Lilburn Drive, had just turned 18 years old, nine days before Youngstown police arrested him and a juvenile Dec. 28 on a weapons charge connected to gunfire at a home on Ivanhoe Avenue on the South Side.
Brooks was indicted Thursday on charges of tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing official business. If convicted, he could get several years in prison.
Help from concerned citizens and technology made the arrests possible.
The incident began at 2:44 p.m. Dec. 28 with a call of two men firing rifles at a house on Ivanhoe. Officers spoke with individuals who wished to remain anonymous who said they recorded the incident on video. The video showed two men running from the street in front of the home, and then into a house.
Officers spoke to the people in the home, including Brooks, and were told that someone in a vehicle went past the home and fired, possibly just into the air. Officers found multiple shell casings of two calibers in the road.
Officers were advised by concerned residents that while they were collecting shell casings, two men went out the back of the house. Officers went in that direction and detained a juvenile and Brooks, who was headed back toward the original home.
Meanwhile, someone called 911 to report that he or she had video of a man discarding a firearm nearby. The person said his or her motion detector alerted him or her. The person provided a video of the man putting a gun into a sweatshirt. The person found the sweatshirt and weapon hanging from a tree nearby. Officers collected the items. Officers also determined that the man in the video was Brooks, the report states.
A citizen then alerted officers that his or her dog alerted to a bag underneath a bush. Officers checked it and found a rifle and ammunition inside. Gunshot residue tests were conducted on Brooks and the juvenile, and both were arrested.
The unnamed juvenile was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
Others indicted are:
• Jonathan T. Williams, 35, Mahoning County jail, domestic violence and felonious assault with a notice of prior conviction and repeat violent offender specification;
• Danny Davidiuk Jr., 27, Mahoning County jail, assault, obstructing official business and resisting arrest;
• Jeffrey A. White, 39, Lake Park Road, Sebring, receiving stolen property, telecommunications fraud and receiving stolen property;
• Alvin P. Traylor III, 54, Mahoning County jail, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two counts of theft and six counts of petty theft;
• Delio L. Debeneditto, 36, grand theft;
• William J. McCulloch, 28, Plymouth Avenue, being a felon in possession of a firearm, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon;
• Jordan M. Beaumont, 30, Mahoning County jail, disrupting public services;
• Michael R. Rivers, 31, Mahoning County jail, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and cocaine possession;
• Capone Haywood, 21, Datson Avenue, aggravated drug possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case;
• Kilik R. Powerhaus, 28, Mahoning County jail, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct;
• Dejuan E. Thomas Jr., 18, Mahoning County jail, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and obstructing official business;
• Anthony J. Fusco, 33, Cascade Drive, telecommunications fraud and insurance fraud;
• Marie Y. Barnette, 40, Como Street, Struthers, insurance fraud.