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Youngstown murder suspect identified

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Police have identified the man being questioned in connection with the murder of a woman at her home on Youngstown’s West Side.

Thirty-three-year-old James Michael Jarrell of Austintown is being held in Pittsburgh where he was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property and prohibited acts.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Pittsburgh Police, officers patrolling Pittsburgh’s North Side Wednesday spotted the 2011 black Ford Taurus that Youngstown Police began looking for earlier that day.

The criminal complaint says that the driver of the vehicle may be a suspect in a recent Youngstown homicide.

Late Tuesday, Robert Jarrell Sr. tells police he found the body of his wife Tina Jarrell inside their home on Wellington Avenue in Youngstown.

Robert Jarrell says it appeared that his 55-year old wife had suffered a head wound, but police say she had been stabbed several times. The coroner has yet to issue an official ruling on the cause of death.

When the victim’s husband told police that his car was missing from the home, authorities put out an alert for the 2011 black Ford Taurus, saying the driver may be armed and dangerous.

Pittsburgh Police say they spotted the stolen car late Wednesday afternoon parked at a gas pump on the 1500 block of Spring Garden Avenue.

A man later identified as James Jarrell was sitting inside the car.

The complaint says that when Jarrell failed to obey an initial police order to exit the car, one officer opened the door of the Ford and ordered Jarrell to the ground.

Once Jarrell was face down on the pavement, officers searched him and found a hypodermic needle in the pocket of his jeans.

Jarrell was arrested and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.  The car was impounded.

According to the complaint, detectives from Youngstown questioned Jarrell.

Currently Jarrell faces a charge of receiving stolen property for being in possession of the stolen car. He is also charged with prohibited acts for having the needle in his pocket.

Jarrell was scheduled to face a district magistrate in Pittsburgh at 3 a.m. Thursday.

As of Wednesday night Youngstown Police were saying that no one has been charged in connection with the death of Tina Jarrell.

Police reports do not indicate what the relationship is between James Jarrell and the victim.

In 2011, a judge in Mahoning County sentenced James Jarrell to three years in prison after he was convicted of receiving stolen property, breaking and entering and failure to comply.

According to court records, Jarrell is still on probation due to those offenses.

The court record in that case listed Jarrell as homeless.

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