December 21, 2014

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Nine more arrested in connection with Elyria murder

ELYRIA – Nine more people have been arrested around Elyria in connection with a riot that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Davion Strupe on July 1.

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  • Todd Wells, 21, of Bath Street, Elyria, was charged with murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated riot.
  • Tyler Wells, 23, of Cleveland, was charged with aggravated riot and an unrelated warrant for domestic violence.
  • Anthony McShepard, 21, of Fairmount Avenue, Elyria, was charged with aggravated riot.
  • Dean Martin Jr., 27, of Barbara Street, Elyria, was charged with aggravated riot.
  • Iesha Newson, 23, of Barbara Street, Elyria, was charged with aggravated riot.
  • Megan White, 25, of Garden Street, Elyria, was charged with aggravated riot.
  • Davonte Gray, 21, of Bell Avenue, Elyria, was charged with aggravated riot.
  • Richard Webber, 26, of Barbara Street, Elyria, was charged with aggravated riot.
  • Adrian Smith, 24, of Foxhill Lane, Elyria, was charged with aggravated riot.

Police were called to 1143 Garden Street around 11:30 p.m. July 1.

They had received 911 calls about gunshots in the area, and arrived at the scene to find Strupe with a gunshot wound to his back. He was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, but died after arriving.

Markus Martin, 26, Tristen Belfiore, 17 and Anthony Marcano, 22, were charged the same week with murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary in connection with the riot and Strupe’s murder.

Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said that police believe Martin, Belfiore, Marcano and Wells forced their way into a house on Garden Street where they found Strupe and held him against his will before pulling him out of the house and murdering him.

The people charged with aggravated riot did not necessarily participate in the assault but did nothing to stop it and even encouraged it, Costantino said.

“We are confident that we got everyone who was in that area at that time,” Costantino said of the arrests, adding that the arrests are a result of hard work by detectives. “These guys have been working around the clock on this.”

The nine people arrested this week were taken to Lorain County Jail where they were being held on Wednesday. Todd Wells was being held without bond, Tyler Wells was being held on a $102,000 bond and the other seven had bonds set at $100,000 each.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.