Warren police name suspect in murder, kidnapping case

A warrant was issued Tuesday for Shawn Johnson, 49, of Warren. He is wanted in connection to the Dec. 2 shooting

Shawn Johnson was identified as a suspect in a Warren murder and kidnapping case.


WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Investigators in Warren have named a suspect and issued a warrant for a man in connection to a murder and kidnapping case in the city.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for Shawn Johnson aka Shawn Hope, 49, of Warren. He is wanted in connection to the Dec. 2 shooting death of 41-year-old John Kellar.

Warren police released two images in connection to a murder and idnappting investigation.
Pictured L-R: Alicia Binion and murder, kidnapping suspect

When officers arrived at the home on Stephens Avenue, they found Kellar dead inside.

Police believe that whoever shot him kidnapped Alicia Binion and another woman, then fled the scene with a stolen white 1993 GMC High Top van.

The second woman managed to get away when during a stop at Rocky’s AM PM Market nearby.

Now detectives are trying to determine whether or not Johnson is still in the area.

“We’re working really hard to solve this homicide and, I’ve said this and I’ll say it again a thousand times, without the public’s help, our job is a job that’s hard to do,” Massucci said.

If you have any information on the man or Binion’s whereabouts, or if you’ve seen the van, please call Warren Police at 330-841-2512. Police say Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous

1993 GMC High Top
1993 GMC High Top