Yng. police investigate homicides

YOUNGSTOWN – Police here are investigating two homicides from over the weekend.

About 1:20 a.m. Sunday, police found a Liberty man with a stab wound in a Hilton Avenue apartment.

The victim, Ivan Demorris West, 28, was found on the floor at 107 Hilton Ave., with labored breathing and blood coming from his chest area, according to a police report.

According to the police report, West had a single puncture wound to his chest that was consistent with that made by a knife.

Paramedics with Rural Metro tried to resuscitate West, the report stated, but he died en route to the hospital.

Two males were in the apartment during the incident, including Theodore L. Alexander, 57, of Youngstown, whom police described as a person of interest. Alexander made the initial 911 call, police said.

Alexander told police that West was banging on his door to let him in, stating he had been stabbed, the report said. West then stumbled into the dining room, according to Alexander, where he collapsed.

Police made note in the report that Alexander “seemed to be nervous and was very upset.” He continually asked officers if West was going to die, the report said.

Furthermore, Alexander told police West was stabbed when he came up the stairs, but police found no blood leading up to the stairs or in the first doorway area.

Alexander was taken to the Youngstown Police Station for questioning by detectives, the report states. He was later released.

A day earlier, police were called out to a man man lying on a pile of glass early along Truesdale Avenue.

Officers arrived about 3:40 a.m. and were led by the caller to the body of James Brown of Youngstown, according to the police report.

Brown, 33, had a gunshot wound to the center of the head, the report said. He was confirmed dead on the scene by Rural Metro paramedics.

The homicides marked the first in Youngstown since July 26. For the year, the city has 11 homicides. In 2012, Youngstown recorded 26 homicides, the last on Nov. 20.

No arrests had been made in either death as of late Sunday.