Teen Turns Self In After Steub. Murder

STEUBENVILLE – The city’s wave of violence continued late Thursday, when police found 17-year-old Demitrius Thomas murdered in an alley near Lawson Avenue.

Police said a 16-year-old boy turned himself in to authorities this morning in connection with the murder, the fifth to take place in Steubenville this year.

Officers responded to Lawson Avenue at about 10:44 p.m. Thursday, where they found Thomas unresponsive. Thomas was stabbed multiple times about the head and chest, police said, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to a report, a witness heard an altercation and the victim yelling.

The witness couldn’t see what happened but immediately called police, with officers arriving two minutes after the call. The witness told police where the suspect ran.

Another person told police they saw a male running near Murphy Field, located on Union Avenue, without a shirt.

Officers searched the area and found bloody clothes and shoes, which were stuffed in a bag and dropped in a garbage can in the 400 block of Union Avenue.

The juvenile suspect walked into the police station at about 6:30 a.m. today. Police Chief William McCafferty said the suspect is cooperating with detectives.