Person of Interest Arrested in Area Murder
Carolyn Fleegle

Person of Interest Arrested in Area Murder

by Carolyn Fleegle on July 7, 2010

Authoriites in Licking County say they have arrested a person of interest in connection with the murder of a Granville area man.

Detectives with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office say 30-year-old Mark Valentino of Kokomo, Indiana is being held in the Howard County jail on a warrant from Licking County.

The warrant was the result of the theft of firearms from the residence of 55-year-old Hershel Roberts.

Roberts was found dead in his home on North Street Road in McKean Township Monday afternoon.

Valentino was arrested at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday after a 15 mile pursuit in the Kokomo area.

 Authorities say he was taken into custody without incident after crashing his vehcile into a ditch in a field.

Licking County Detectives will remain in Kokomo to continue the investigation.