YPD: Murdered Youngstown woman’s stepson was driving stolen car

James Jarrell driving car stolen from scene of youngstown, ohio murder

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Pittsburgh Police have arrested a man who was driving a car stolen from a Youngstown murder scene.

Youngstown detectives said they have recovered the car and the driver, James Jarrell, 33, has been charged with receiving stolen property. Detectives went to Pittsburgh Wednesday evening to question Jarrell.

Police said James Jarrell is the stepson of Tina Jarrell, 55, who was found by her husband Bob inside their Wellington Avenue home around midnight Tuesday after being beaten to death. Youngstown Police also said James Jarrell may not have been involved in the murder and that they have not discussed extraditing him back to Youngstown with Pittsburgh Police.

Bob said that James has had a history of drug problems.

Investigators said Bob Jarrell arrived home from work and found the garage door open and his wife’s car gone. He thought at first that she had gone to the store.

When he went inside, he found his wife in the living room face down, unresponsive and covered in blood. Jarrell said that he immediately knew his wife was dead and ran next door to tell a neighbor to call 911.

Police had issued a bulletin for the missing car, a black Ford Taurus with Ohio license plate FZF-5572.

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