Niles police arrest suspect in Summit County murder case

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN)- Niles police arrested a man Tuesday who was wanted in a murder case out of Summit County.

The suspect, Jeffrey Peasley, 40, of Navarre, was arrested in Niles after he crashed the motorcycle that he was driving.

Niles Dispatch received a call at about 6 p.m. after a motorcycle crashed into a fence on West Federal Street at Steel Street, and the driver took off into the woods.

Police discovered that the motorcycle was stolen from Summit County.

Police say that the driver, later identified as Peasley, had a warrant for the murder of a 45-year-old man in the city of Green, Ohio, near Akron Sunday. The man had been shot in the stomach and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Peasley had made threats to law enforcement Tuesday night and that he was considered armed and dangerous.

“You prepare for basically the worst possible response you could get from him if you encounter him and interact with him, but things went well. There were enough officers on scene that no resistance at that point was presented once he realized he was trapped,” said Captain John Marshall of the Niles Police Department.

After a large-scale search that involved the Howland Township and Weathersfield Township police departments, officers received a tip from a resident describing Peasley’s possible location.

Peasley was found near the VFW Club on Higgins Street in Niles. Police body camera video captured the moment Peasley was handcuffed and taken into custody.

After his arrest, A K-9 unit from Canfield was called to help look for weapons, but none were found.

After being treated for his injuries sustained in the crash, Peasley was taken to the Trumbull County Jail and later transferred to the Summit County Jail to answer the homicide charge.

“Still not sure what he was doing in the area. He has had some encounters with us in 2019/2020, was arrested here at least once in those two years,” Marshall said. “So there’s some connection to the area, but what that is I don’t really know.”

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