Attacks tar­get Ohio real es­tate agents

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

KENT, OHIO — Two real es­tate agents were killed in va­cant homes for sale and an­other was robbed, all within a week, prompt­ing fright­ened agents in north­east Ohio to can­cel open houses and avoid meet­ing prospec­tive buy­ers alone.

Two broth­ers were ar­rested Tues­day in the Sept. 15 rob­bery of a real es­tate agent who showed them an apart­ment in Board­man Town­ship.

Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the rob­bery is re­lated to the first homi­cide in nearby Youngstown, but au­thor­i­ties said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sec­ond death was not fo­cused on the broth­ers.

Vi­vian Martin, 67, was found dead in a burn­ing home Mon­day in Youngstown, Po­lice Chief Jimmy Hughes said.

An au­topsy showed she had been stran­gled be­fore the home burned, and the fire was de­ter­mined to be ar­son.

The next day, the body of 51-year-old An­drew VonStein, who had been shot once, was found in a white ranch-style house he was try­ing to sell about 40 miles west of Youngstown.

Portage County Sher­iff David Doak de­clined to iden­tify the per­son at the cen­ter of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion but said a pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to Martin’s death and the rob­bery hadn’t been ruled out.

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