Mother of slain Struthers boy also facing charges in Pennsylvania

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A Mahoning County grand jury also indicted Schneider on firearms charges last week

JEFFERSON TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – The mother of a boy who was killed during a shooting and robbery in Struthers is also facing charges in Pennsylvania.

Alexis Schneider, 23, faces additional firearms charges out of Jefferson Township, as well as charges of possession of marijuana, corruption of minors and sell or furnish liquor, etc. to a minor.

Those charges were filed after a traffic stop on March 14, according to a criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint states that Schneider was the passenger in a vehicle that police pulled over for a traffic violation and for not having a license plate. Police noted that the driver of the vehicle got out and ran away.

Schneider was in the car with a man and a 17-year-old.

Investigators determined that Schneider owned the vehicle, which they noted smelled like burnt marijuana. Police reported finding a large amount of suspected marijuana in a bag on the floor, as well as a handgun on the back seat near the driver’s side and a handgun in the glove box.

Police searched the other two passengers and reported finding Swishers on the teenager as well as a cellophane package containing a white residue.

Upon questioning at the station later, Schneider admitted that they had been out drinking and smoking marijuana for her birthday, the criminal complaint stated. She admitted to buying the guns and said she had been going through a hard time lately due to the home invasion and shooting at her Struthers home.

Schneider admitted to loaning the driver the vehicle as well as the handguns, according to the criminal complaint. She said she didn’t really know the driver, giving police different names for him.

Police later identified the driver as Tyrese Altman, of Farrell They arrested him later that evening in Hermitage and reported that he initially gave officers a fake name.

He told police that he and Schneider had been in a relationship for months and that he’s the father of her unborn baby.

Altman, who has a lengthy criminal record, is jailed on a $100,000 bond.

Tyrese Altman, arrested during a traffic stop in Jefferson Township in which police said he ran from the scene.
Tyrese Altman

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Schneider and her boyfriend at the time, Yarnell Green, Jr., on a similar firearms-related charge last week.

They were arrested in a car March 21 on East Dewey Avenue that was pulled over for having no headlight, and police found a gun under the passenger’s seat where Schneider was sitting.

Reports said Green told police the gun was his and he carries it because he was wounded in the same Sept. 21 shooting that also wounded Schneider and killed her 4-year-old son, Rowan Sweeney, inside her Perry Street home in Struthers.

Two others were also injured in the shooting.

A few defendants are facing charges for their alleged roles in that crime.

Schneider’s Pennsylvania case was bound over to Mercer County Court of Common Pleas.

Her arraignment there is set for June 8.

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