14-year-old shot woman in face, charged with attempted murder, police say

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A 14-year-old is in the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center Saturday charged with attempted murder of a Youngstown woman who was shot in the face on Feb. 6.

Youngstown police said a pickup order was issued Saturday for the 14-year-old in reference to the attempted robbery and shooting of Ellen Zban.

Police say the juvenile was brought to the Youngstown Police Department by his mother at 3:15 p.m. and was arrested. He was then transported to the JJC.

“This is a very young kid and it’s a very, very serious crime — attempted murder,” YPD Lt. Doug Bobovnyik said. “We’re kind of surprised it was a 14-year old kid that did this.”

Detectives said earlier this week they developed a lot of evidence against the juvenile. That’s when they ordered his warrant for attempted murder.

Bobovnyik said it will be up to the juvenile court if the 14-year-old is going to be charged as a juvenile or an adult.

Zban, 57, was shot in the face while sitting in her car in the driveway of her home on Powersdale Avenue. She was also shot twice in the arm.

She survived and is currently in recovery.

Zban told police she had just pulled into her driveway around 7 p.m. when someone walked up to her car, demanding her wallet. He then shot her as she sat in the car.

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