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$1 million bond set for man accused of East Side killing

YOUNGSTOWN — Bond was set at $1 million for the man charged with murder in connection to the June 18 shooting of Angel L. Sostre, 22, whose body was found behind a row of apartments on McBride Street on the East Side.

Samuel X. Perez, 22, who was arraigned Wednesday in Youngstown Municipal Court, is due back in court 9:15 a.m. Wednesday for a preliminary hearing in the case.

Shaina Rochford, assistant Youngstown prosecutor, asked for the $1 million bond, saying Perez admitted to shooting Sostre.

Magistrate Meghan Brundege approved the request.

The Youngstown Police Department arrested Perez on Tuesday on Berkeley Avenue while investigating an argument between Perez and his girlfriend, according to police.

Officers at the scene were aware Perez was a suspect in a recent homicide, according to a Youngstown police report. An officer called the detective working on the Sostre case, and the detective told officers he wanted to talk to Perez.

Before officers put Perez in a police cruiser, they checked him for weapons and found a bag with white powder in it in Perez’s pants pocket, according to the report.

They also found a large amount of marijuana in a backpack belonging to Perez, the report states.

Perez was charged with felony cocaine possession.

But after a “thorough interrogation, review of all evidence, and consultation with” the Youngstown Prosecutor’s Office, Perez was arrested on a murder charge in connection to Sostre’s death, according to a police press release.

Perez also was arraigned Wednesday on the cocaine possession charge. A preliminary hearing in that case also is Wednesday, according to court records.

Police were called around 5:45 a.m. June 18 to the 600 block of McBride Street regarding a dead man with gunshot wounds and found Sostre, according to an earlier police press release.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office recently released the victim’s name.

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