Shooting Suspect Arrested

MINGO JUNCTION – Drake A. Burton, 20, of Steubenville was arrested at at about 5 a.m. today following a manhunt that began Thursday afternoon with a shooting at 122 Union Ave. in Mingo Junction.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said three men dressed like utility workers, with vests and a tool box, knocked on the door of the Union Avenue home at about 2:30 p.m.

A 2-year-old child answered the door and the men went inside. Once inside, the men demanded money and forced Mike Gray, 27, to open a safe, Abdalla said, adding there wasn’t much money inside it. The three men then used duct tape to tie up a woman, Yolanda Cronin, 23, of the residence, a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old. Gray also was secured with the tape, Abdalla said.

The two children and Cronin then were struck with a gun about the head, Abdalla said. Gray was shot in the thigh area.

All four were transported to Trinity Medical Center West, with Gray and the 2-year-old being flown by medical helicopter to Pittsburgh hospitals. The 2-year-old had a concussion, Abdalla said.

The three intruders got into a getaway vehicle and drove to Steubenville, where Abdalla said the men got out in the area of Dock and North Fourth streets. The getaway vehicle was stopped at about 3 p.m. by Steubenville Police in the 100 block of South Fourth Street. Abdalla said a 17-year-old female, who police believe was driving the vehicle to and from Mingo Junction, was taken into custody.

The girl immediately got an attorney, who stopped questioning by Abdalla into the identities of the three men.

Several police agencies, including Steubenville Police, county drug task force, sheriff’s department and the U.S. Marshals Service went to a home at 1328 Wellesley Ave. about 5 a.m. today and arrested Drake.

Authorities were still searching this morning for the other two men.

Abdalla was in a meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday concerning safety issues in Steubenville, involving representatives of the city and City Police, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the governor’s office, when he was told about the shooting.

A state patrol helicopter in town for the meeting was used in circling the area over the north end of the city, while law enforcement searched on the ground for the suspects.