Police say that a Youngstown, Ohio man was taken into police custody more than 100 miles from his home after police found a woman’s body in the trunk of his vehicle.
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Niagara Falls police located 27 year old JeShawn Elliot after his brother called and reported that Elliot had stabbed his girlfriend multiple times.
The victim was later identified as 28 year old Anvia Mickens, and he told his brother that he had planned to drive to Niagara Falls where he would kill himself.
Police said the deceased woman in JeShawn Elliot’s vehicle had been stabbed repeatedly and eventually strangled, although at this time it remains unclear whether she bled to death from the wounds of the knife or if she died of asphyxiation.
The investigation began after Police in Youngstown got a call around 4:30 PM from Elliot’s brother, who said that Elliot told him he just stabbed his girlfriend, Anvia Mickens, and that was headed to Niagara Falls to commit suicide.
Meanwhile, officers found Mickens’ car abandoned downtown, outside of where she works.
They then moved on to a home in the 200 block of Outlook Avenue, where JeShawn Elliot lived. Police say the crime scene was horrific with blood and gore littered across the home. As of late last evening numerous police officers were there collecting evidence.
Police in Niagara Falls later found Elliot’s silver Chevy Malibu around 7 PM at a parking lot near the historic and popular tourist attractions at the Niagara River. Upon searching the car, they found blood inside and a woman’s deceased body in the trunk.
During this time police say Elliot borrowed someone’s cell phone to call his brother and tell him what he had done. He then rented a bike from a tourist outpost and was spotted riding about a block away by Niagara Falls, New York Police, who then gave chase.
Police said they first hit him with a taser after he pulled a large folding knife on the officers. Elliot then fell to the ground, where he was arrested.
Law enforcement transported Elliot to the hospital for an evaluation and then later to jail on attempted assault of a police officer and menacing charges.
Niagara Falls Police said during a press conference Monday morning that murder charges are pending as they put together a stronger case against Elliot.
While police aren't sure yet where the woman was killed, it's believed that it was at Elliot’s home where detectives and crime scene investigators are trying to piece together the homicide.
Niagara Falls Police Superintendent E. Bryan Dalporto said the medical examiner had determined she had been dead for at least 12 hours prior to her discovery in the trunk of Elliot’s car.
Investigators say there is also evidence that the woman had been strangled, alongside the multiple knife wounds.
Although they are waiting for a positive ID, police say they are confident that the body is that of Anvia Mickens of Youngstown, who was Elliot’s girlfriend and also has been reported as missing just hours before.
Meanwhile, the bond is set at $200,000 for the savage thug believed to be responsible for these heinous crimes.