December 18, 2014

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Suspect in Lorain homicide surrenders in North Carolina

LORAIN — A man suspected of shooting 17-year-old DeAndre McDowell turned himself in to police Wednesday morning.

Robles

Robles

McDowell

McDowell

Antonio Robles, 20, has been charged with reckless homicide in relation to McDowell’s death. Police would not discuss what led to the shooting but described it as reckless and not intentional.

Robles, who fled the state, contacted police Wednesday and said that he was in Charlotte, N.C., and he wanted to surrender to authorities. He arranged to meet police in that city at a nearby McDonald’s, according to a press release from Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins.

Robles was arrested and will be held in North Carolina, awaiting extradition to Ohio.

On Friday night, McDowell’s body was found in a wooded lot on Lexington Avenue by a couple who were watching a group of wild turkeys. Police said he had a single gunshot wound to the head.

Watkins declined to say exactly where in central Lorain the shooting happened and he said police were waiting to question Robles before releasing further details about the case.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.