STEUBENVILLE - A man was arrested Friday in connection with the Tuesday shooting death of Chad Taravella.
Stephen Threats, 26, of New Castle, Pa., is charged with murder and tampering with evidence for the shooting of Taravella, 22, of Mingo Junction at the Ridgewood Place Apartments on Two Ridge Road in Wintersville on Tuesday. He is being held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned early next week before Judge Joseph Corabi. The tampering with evidence charge stems from disposal of the gun after the shooting.
Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he is continuing to seek a motive for the shooting and has numerous people to interview in the investigation.
Abdalla, deputies and a Wintersville Police Department K-9 unit Friday morning searched the area near the Briarwood Apartments, which are near Ridgewood Place. Threats had been staying in an apartment at Briarwood, Abdalla said. The gun was found within 10 minutes by the police dog behind the apartment.
Abdalla said the investigation revealed Taravella had been at Ridgewood Place when he was said to have become disorderly Tuesday evening and jumped out a second-floor window when asked to leave. He was standing outside, talking on a cell phone and swearing, when two men approached him. One of the pair shot Taravella. Investigators have a security tape from the complex. Taravella was shot twice and deputies found four shell casings at the scene
County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin has been working with Abdalla on the case.
Abdalla said it appears the victim and the suspect did not know each other. He said it doesn't appear there were words exchanged prior to the shooting.