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Article published Wednesday,
August 18, 2004
WEST TOLEDO INCIDENT
Accused shooter says boyfriend
Toledo Special Investigations Unit officer
removes a wrapped gun from the scene of the
Violet Drive shooting. |
( THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
was being led to the Lucas County jail, Yvonne
Jenkins told reporters she shot her boyfriend
inside her West Toledo apartment yesterday because
he was abusive and was beating her.
27-year-old was being held on a felonious assault
charge while her boyfriend, Omar Parker, 23, lay
in a Toledo Hospital bed with two gunshot wounds
to his chest, one to his knee, and possibly one to
Police said he was taken to
surgery after arriving at the hospital. His
condition was unknown last night. A hospital
spokesman said she had no information on a patient
by his name.
Jenkins relatives, many of whom live at the
Violet Road apartment complex where the shooting
occurred, said the couple has a history of
fighting and domestic abuse. Mr. Parker, of 1750
Milburn Ave., called Ms. Jenkins and told her he
was coming to her residence at Brookside Village
Apartments, 4696 Violet. She let him into her
second-floor residence, unit 211, and they started
arguing, investigators said.
Parker hit Ms. Jenkins, who was lying in bed, she
reached under her pillow, pulled out a 9mm
handgun, and shot Mr. Jenkins in the chest about
10:20 a.m., detectives said.
Ms. Jenkins went to another apartment where her
sister and mother reside and asked a friend, Linda
Tilman, to get her purse which contained
medication for anxiety attacks and depression
from the closet door in her bedroom.
Tilman saw a wounded Mr. Parker on the bed,
grabbed the purse, and ran. When she got outside,
the police had arrived.
the gun in a trash bin in front of the complex.
Ms. Jenkins, who was escorted by an officer at
police headquarters downtown, told reporters she
got the weapon from a friend.
Jenkins is scheduled to be arraigned today.
Ms. Tilman, who recently learned that Ms.
Jenkins is a distant relative, said the mother of
two girls isnt a troublemaker, but that Mr.
Parker pushed Ms. Jenkins too far.
Jenkins relatives said they hope Ms. Jenkins and
Mr. Parker will be all right. They said Ms.
Jenkins is a good person, and they find it hard to
believe she shot someone. I [have] never known
her to hurt anybody like that, said her mother,
Court records indicate
Ms. Jenkins has two pending misdemeanor cases, one
for criminal damaging, the other for aggravated
menacing; the latter case has a temporary
protection order listing Andra Parker, 53, who
lives at the Milburn address, as the alleged
victim. It was unclear if she was related to the
man who was shot.
According to the
aggravated menacing complaint signed by Ms.
Parker, Ms. Jenkins came to her home July 29,
2003, brandished a switchblade, and threatened to
Ms. Jenkins and Mr. Parker have
misdemeanor and traffic convictions, according to
Contact Christina Hall at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-724-6007.
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