YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WIVB) – A Youngstown, Ohio man was taken into custody in Niagara Falls Wednesday evening after a woman’s body was found in the trunk of a parked silver Chevy Malibu.
Niagara Falls Police confirm the body to be that of 28-year-old Anvia Mickens, the man’s girlfriend.
Niagara Falls police took JeShawn Elliott, 27, into custody about fifteen minutes after the vehicle was located in the city parking lot across from Tony Roma’s.
Shortly before this, police say he rented a bike near the area where the car was found.
More than 25 officers showed up to take him into custody.
Elliott reportedly lunged at police wielding a knife. He was tasered.
Police Chief Bryan DalPorto said deadly force in this case would have been appropriate, and he commended the restraint of law enforcement.
Youngstown police had taken a call from someone claiming to be Elliott’s brother around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The man said that Elliott had told him he had just stabbed his girlfriend and was in Niagara Falls with her body in the vehicle.
An autopsy conducted at ECMC showed Mickens’ cause of death was a combination of 23 stab wounds, 14 lacerations, and strangulation.
Physical evidence recovered both in Niagara Falls and Youngstown is being processed and analyzed. The exact location of where the murder took place has not been determined.
Youngstown and Niagara Falls Police are maintaining open lines of communication, a statement from Niagara Falls Police said Thursday.
Elliott was charged with Attempted Assault of a Police Officer and Menacing. He has not been charged in relation to the dead woman. He is currently being held in Niagara County Jail with a bail of $200,000/$400,000.
“These charges are enough to keep Elliott incarcerated while giving investigators needed time to continue compiling evidence in the face of the logistical and jurisdictional issues,” the statement added.