Warren murder suspect arrested

27-year-old wanted in death of pregnant woman taken into custody in Baltimore

WARREN — The suspect in the April 17 shooting death of a pregnant Warren woman was arrested Tuesday morning in Baltimore.

According to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force followed leads in the case to the Baltimore area.

Kemari James, 27, was arrested early in the morning at a home located on Parklawn Avenue in Baltimore. He was booked in the Baltimore city jail where he will be held until an extradition hearing is held. James will have a chance to waive the extradition process in a Baltimore court and be transported immediately to Warren to face the homicide charges.

The news release did not provide details of the arrest, although the task force considered James armed and dangerous.

James, whose local address is on Parkman Road SW, was wanted for the slaying of La’Nesha Workman, 26, at a home in the 1600 block of Ogden Avenue NW. Workman was pregnant at the time of her death. Warren police responded to a call from a neighbor and found Workman dead from gunshot wounds.

A person had called Trumbull County 911 to report a man showed up at her home and told her someone was shooting at his house up the street. The man told another neighbor someone killed his girlfriend.

When Warren police arrived at the Ogden NW home, they found two children in the house crying, according to the call log. Children’s services workers were called to the scene, according to police reports.

The task force issued a warrant for James the night of the murder.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott noted in the news release: “The U.S. Marshals and Warren police officers were deeply impacted from the callous nature of this crime. Although we applaud the capture of this violent fugitive, we join the Workman family in mourning the loss of La’Nesha.”

According to court and jail records, James has been booked into jail 10 times. He most recently was released from Trumbull County jail Feb. 1 after posting a $3,500 bond on drug possession charges. James was on supervised parole after being released in October from state prison following convictions in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. He still had three years and nine months left of supervision, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

James most recently served one year in state prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon in 2014. He also had served four years in prison after pleading guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to aggravated burglary, two counts of kidnapping and felonious assault, all with firearm specifications, court records show.


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