The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 13, 2014

Preliminary hearing continued for suspect in deadly Ashtabula home invasion case

ASHTABULA — The preliminary hearing for a suspect in the Jan. 27 deadly home invasion on Norman Avenue was continued Friday after the defendant said he needed another week to talk with his attorney.

Lewis Arnold, 24, of Cleveland, who was arrested Feb. 3 in Ashtabula, was charged with complicity in aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, according to a Municipal Court official.

Donning an orange jail jumpsuit, handcuffs and his feet in shackles, Arnold appeared Friday afternoon in Municipal Court without an attorney before Judge Albert Camplese.

“You told the court (at your first appearance) that you were going to hire an attorney, but you didn’t,” Camplese said.

The judge asked him if he wanted to move forward, waive the hearing or continue it.

After much consideration and speaking with family members, Arnold decided to have his hearing continued a week, giving him time to confer with his attorney.

Police escorted Arnold back to his jail cell in the Justice Center.

Ashtabula Solicitor Michael Franklin has said investigators believe Arnold solicited the men involved in the crime that killed a mother and her adult son.

 Marcus Lashley Jr., the last of the four people wanted in connection with the fatal shooting was arrested Tuesday morning in East Cleveland.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service went to a house at 1325 E. 141st St., where Lashley, 21, surrendered after a brief standoff and was taken into custody, said Pete J. Elliott, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio.

A .380 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.

Lashley was the subject of an intensive manhunt and Elliott was pleased with his capture. “It was the result of great police work,” he said.

Lashley was taken to the Cuyahoga County jail and is expected to be transported to Ashtabula, Elliott said.

Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said he will know more today about exactly when that will happen.

With Lashley’s arrest, authorities have located all four suspects sought in connection to the double homicide at 2106 Norman Ave.

On the afternoon of Jan. 27, Ashtabula police found Lydia Aviles, 43, and her two sons, Alexis and Benny Colon-Mook, 20, and 23, shot inside the duplex. The coroner pronounced Alexis dead at the scene. Lydia Aviles died of a single gunshot wound during surgery at the hospital, while Benny remains in critical condition at a Cleveland hospital.

After the  shooting, police say masked suspects fled on foot and into a waiting vehicle. Authorities have said the crime was a tragic mistake — the robbers targeted the wrong address. The victims had no involvement in any criminal activity, Franklin has said.

Also in custody is a 19-year-old woman, who is believed to have driven the robbers to and from Norman Avenue, as well as a third man with a yet-unrevealed role in the crime. He is being held on unrelated weapons charges.

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