Attacks target Ohio real estate agents
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.