Third suspect arrested in Sept. 23 shooting

One of four people allegedly involved in a Sept. 23 shooting on Eddy Henry Way was arrested Sunday in Mississippi.
Courtney Astolfi
Oct 1, 2013

 

Two others were arrested last week, and an arrest warrant has been issued for a fourth man.

Jaron “David” Ashburn, 23, of the 2700 block of Carbon Ave. in Sandusky, was charged with complicity to attempted murder and complicity to attempted aggravated robbery.

Detectives received information he traveled to Mississippi, so they passed along his mugshot to authorities there, Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said. He was arrested in Waynesboro, Miss., Sunday night, and he’ll soon return to Erie County to face charges here.

Monday afternoon, officers also issued an arrest warrant for Greg Armstrong, 31, of the 1300 block of Hayes Ave. He will face the same charges Ashburn is facing, Wichman said.

The victim — Lee Donald, 34 — was inside his Eddy Henry Way home in Sandusky at 4 a.m. Sept. 23, when he heard someone pounding on his front door. Donald peeked out the window, but instead of catching a glimpse of the person knocking, he was shot in the head by a 9mm bullet, Wichman said.

Sandusky police received anonymous tips and reviewed phone records, which led them to the home of Donald’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Morgan Weatherspoon, 20, of the 1200 block of Buchanan St., Wichman said.

Detectives soon learned Weatherspoon’s home had served as a staging area for the planned robbery of Donald’s home, Wichman said. Weatherspoon was charged with complicity to attempted murder and complicity to attempted aggravated robbery.

Three men gathered at her house prior to the shooting. One was Stanley Frankart, 22, of the 1900 block of Adrian Circle, who was arrested last week, Wichman said. Frankart is the alleged gunman.

Armstrong remains at large. After officers went to his mother’s home twice Friday looking for him, Armstrong called authorities and agreed to turn himself in on Monday, although he did not admit his involvement in the shooting or robbery, police said.

When Armstrong failed to show up Monday, his charges turned into arrest warrants. Anyone harboring him could be charged with felonious obstruction, Wichman said.

Weatherspoon and Frankart each remain in the Erie County jail on $100,000 bond.