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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Austintown police say an arrest has been made in the case of a teenage girl's death.

U.S. Marshals arrested Ricki Williams IV, 18, of Youngstown on the city's West Side just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. He was interviewed by police in Austintown for several hours after his arrest.

Williams is charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping of Gina Burger, 16, of Austintown.  Burger's body was found with one stab wound to the chest in a Grove City garbage transfer station last week.

Investigators aren't yet saying why they believe he did it, or how Burger's body ended up in a waste transfer station near Grove city.

"What I can tell you, right now is he held her against her will at the Compass West Apartments. She was murdered at Compass West Apartments, I can tell you that, with a knife. We do not have the knife at this time," said Chief Bob Gavalier, Austintown Police Department.

Burger lived at the Compass West Apartments with her mother, who said she last saw her leave to get tea bags from a neighbor downstairs last Monday evening. 

Police said Williams acted alone in the murder. They believe he was staying with people who lived at the apartments since he did not have a place of his own.

They said he does have a criminal history, including an assault charge.

Gavalier said that the killing was not connected to drugs.

He credits the boots on the ground investigation, conducting interviews and gathering evidence, along with the public's help for leading to the arrest.
Williams is currently being held in the Mahoning County Jail and is expected to be arraigned in Mahoning County Court in Austintown on Wednesday.



 
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