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Police investigate Fostoria murder; search for person of interest

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Fostoria Police are looking for 17-year-old Garrett Brown and another accomplice in connection with a burglary and murder.

Police received a call at 11:26 PM on Wednesday. Officers say two people were assaulted and one person died.

The victims are 19-year-old Caleb Barto and 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio, according to Fostoria Police.

If anyone has any information about Brown, you're asked to contact Fostoria Police at (419) 435-8573.

A 20-year-old Fostoria woman is dead and her boyfriend is injured after police say a burglary escalated into murder.

Detectives continue to hunt for a 17-year-old wanted for questioning and who is believed to be armed and dangerous.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday inside a home on the two hundred block of East Culbertson Street.

The father of the murder victim is devastated. Freddie Mauricio says he spoke to his daughter 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio over the phone approximately two hours before she died. He called to tell her there was a sale at the Family Video Store because she loved movies. Now Freddie Mauricio is calling for justice for Janelle.

"A life taken so young. It's just not right," says Freddie Mauricio.

Family and friends of Janelle Mauricio place flowers and balloons on the front steps of her Fostoria home.

The 20 year old was shot and killed last night inside her home during a burglary.

"It's just so hard to believe. It was a senseless act for stupidity," says Janelle's father. "That's all it was."

Police say Janelle Mauricio's boyfriend 19-year-old Caleb Barto who also lived in the home was also shot, but survived.

Mauricio's father says the couple knew the person of interest police spent all day Thursday searching for: 17-year-old Garrett Brown who is considered armed and dangerous.

"She called out his name when all of this was happening," says Freddie Mauricio. "She called out, 'Garrett.' That's what I was told. Better hope he gets caught because so many people love this girl and a lot of people would do a lot of things that it's not in my control. I do want justice. Justice for Janelle."

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says Brown had an accomplice. Brown was last known to be living in Findlay.

Chief Loreno does not know if the crime is drug-related.

"It does not appear at this point to be something that appears to be a random act," says Chief Loreon. "Obviously, people need to be secure in their homes."

Meanwhile, neighbors are on high alert.

"Make me kind of nervous," says Robert Barringer who lives down the street. "My kids are outside playing all the time and if you walk by the house you'd be wondering why somebody be trying to burglarize it anyways because it doesn't look like those people had much to begin with."

Chief Loreno asks that anyone who knows the whereabouts of Brown to call police. He warns not to approach Brown because he is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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