June 29, 2016

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Target faces drug charges

Staff Writer

MEDINA — The suspected target of a shooting Friday at Union Square Apartments was arrested Monday night for possession of crack cocaine, police said.

Vincent Horn, 20, of Maple Heights, was arrested at 7:45 p.m. Monday at 306 W. Union St., Apt. 2, after police arrived with a warrant for the arrest of the apartment’s resident, Josephine Alestri, 52.

Horn was reportedly upstairs when police arrived and had attempted to flush two bags of crack cocaine down the toilet, said police Lt. Bob Starcher.

Horn was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, a second-degree felony, and Alestri, who was discovered at a neighboring apartment, also was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

The warrant for Alestri was issued after a two-month investigation where two undercover drug purchases occurred at her apartment, police said.

A search warrant for the apartment was issued after the arrests, resulting in police reportedly finding more crack cocaine, money, scales, crack pipes and razors.

Both Horn and Alestri were taken to the county jail. Horn’s bond was set Tuesday at $150,000 and Alestri’s was set at $40,000. Both were still in jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

“We are investigating the possible connection between drugs and the shooting,” Starcher said, adding they are also looking into the connection between Horn and the suspected 17-year-old male shooter.

The shooting, which took place around 1:15 p.m. Friday after several witnesses reported they saw a man with a handgun at the apartment complex and said shots had been fired, though no injuries were reported or damage observed as a result of the shooting.

After multiple interviews, a warrant for the arrest of a 17-year-old Medina boy was issued late Friday afternoon. Police still hadn’t located the teen, who will be charged with felonious assault, as of Tuesday, Starcher said.

Shofar may be reached at 330-721-4044 or cshofar@ohio.net.