Warren police arrest suspect in murder case

WARREN – The person charged with murder in last month’s stabbing death of a Williamsburg Street resident had lived “off and on” with the man he is accused of killing, police said.

Richard A. Clark, 39, was arraigned Wednesday on a felony murder charge and a felony five drug possession charge.

Clark, who is accused of killing 49-year-old Dwayne Hickman,was being held without bond at the Trumbull County Jail. He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. April 22 in Warren Municipal Court.

Police arrested Clark at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital on a felony drug possession warrant. Warren police Lt. Jeff Cole said Clark initially had been located March 26 at a Maryland Street residence when an officer spotted Hickman’s vehicle there. Police had been on the lookout for the vehicle, which had been missing.

“When we found the car, we found him,” Cole said.

Cole said Clark had a pre-existing condition that required medical attention and he was taken to the hospital after he was found unconscious the day after Hickman’s murder.

At the time, police also charged Clark with felony possession of drugs. He had been under police guard since March 26, police said.

Police found Hickman’s body at his home at 3403 Williamsburg St. N.W. March 25 after a relative asked city police to check on his welfare because she and other family members had been unable to contact him for several days.

Hickman had died about March 21 after being stabbed nearly a dozen times, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office.

Police said Hickman and Clark had a history, and that Clark had stayed at Hickman’s home periodically. Court records list 124 Morningside Drive, Niles, as an address for Clark. However, recent police reports show his residence as 1227 N. Park Ave., Warren.

Since 1993, Clark has been charged with various crimes, including drug-related offenses, endangering children, theft, receiving stolen property, attempted burglary, stealing a car, unauthorized use of a car, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.

Hickman also had several brushes with the law, most recently in 2009 when he was found guilty of a misdemeanor drug possession charge after pleading no contest, according to Warren Municipal Court records.

His death marked the city’s third homicide this year and its second within a week. There were five homicides in the city in 2012.

Police are also investigating the shooting death of Rodney Fletcher, 45, 423 Second St. S.W. Police found Fletcher’s body at his residence just before 11 p.m. March 18 after receiving a 911 call from an unidentified woman.

Cory Blackwell, 25, also of Warren, was fatally shot Jan. 1 at the former Sunset Lounge on East Market Street.