Reward offered for information in Niles home invasion, murder case

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NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s been eight months since Arlene Frasca was killed in her own home and no one has been arrested yet.

Niles police are turning to Crimestoppers, hoping for more clues leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the 74-year-old woman’s death.

They’re offering a $10,000 reward for information in the case.

“We’re hoping that this incentive may provide one small bit of information that would help solidify the case,” said Niles Police Capt. John Marshall.

Frasca was killed in October of last year by two men who broke into her home on Hiram Street.

“We have narrowed the field slightly to include a list of persons of interest,” Marshall said.

Police said the men involved appeared to have knowledge of the home’s layout, and the crime was not a random act.

Angelo Frasca, the husband of the victim who was home at the time of the invasion, told neighbors the men attacked his wife. The woman died as a result.

Angelo Frasca said the men had guns and took some items from the home before leaving.

Late last year, investigators released surveillance video showing a car near the home. Police believe the vehicle may have been used by the attackers.

Niles Police Det. Jim Robbins said it’s because of help from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and anonymous tips that they’ve gotten to this point.

“We’re working vigorously where we’re going but we need some more leads.”

Those with information should call 330-746-CLUE or go the Youngstown Crimestoppers Facebook page for more information.

“We want everyone to know that your identity will remain a secret, and you should call us and give us that information,” said Rick Alli, with Crimestoppers.

The reward is being offered in cooperation with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Frasca family, Youngstown Crimestoppers and the Niles Police Department.

Niles police believe they have a photo of the vehicle used by a person involved in the home invasion and murder of Arlene Frasca.
Investigators released surveillance video showing a car near Arlene Frasca’s Niles home.