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Man charged with attempted murder found in county

September 6, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

LISBON - A man charged in Texas with aggravated kidnapping and attempted murder was arrested Wednesday in St. Clair Township.

Roy "Joe" Trejo, 30, was wanted on two warrants from Bee County, Texas. Bond is set at $4 million. Trejo was taken to the Columbiana County Jail and is expected to appear in county Municipal Court today for an extradition hearing.

According to Sheriff Ray Stone, Trejo was taken into custody without incident. The arrest was a combined effort of the Youngstown office of the United States Marshals' Violent Fugitive Task Force, St. Clair Township police, Deputy Bill McGee and himself. The arrest was made at 16236 St. Clair Ave. at about 10 a.m.

According to a press release from the Bee County Sheriff's Department, the alleged offenses happened early Sunday. Deputies there were called to a shooting in the Blueberry Hills subdivision, which is located on the southwest edge of Beeville, the county seat of Bee County. A man, later identified as Jason Ross Coffeen, 29, was found shot repeatedly by another man outside a home.

Coffeen was flown to a hospital in Corpus Christi, where he underwent surgery for multiple gunshot wounds. He was later released.

The man believed responsible, Trejo, had fled before deputies arrived. The shooting was believed to have been the result of an argument. Despite search efforts, Trejo was not found and warrants were issued.

Stone said Trejo flew straight up the Pittsburgh International Airport, where he was picked up by a male friend. He has been staying with the friend on St. Clair Avenue since his arrival. Trejo has been speaking with his lawyers in Texas, Stone said, and has indicated he plans to waive his right to an extradition hearing in order to return to Texas.

Beeville, a town about the size of Salem, is located in southeast Texas about midway between Corpus Christi and San Antonio.



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