Real estate agent slaying suspect arrested in NC

A man being sought in the fatal shooting of an Ohio real estate agent whose body was found in a vacant home he was trying to sell was arrested in North Carolina following a week-long manhunt.

The body of prominent real estate agent Andrew VonStein was found Sept. 21 with a single gunshot wound. His wallet and cell phone were missing, medical records show.

Robert Grigelaitis was arrested Tuesday night at a rest stop in Turkey, North Carolina, said Pete Elliott, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio.

Elliott said Wednesday that marshals and Portage County deputies located Grigelaitis after following up on several leads.

Grigelaitis has addresses in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and in Ravenna in northeast Ohio, near the house where VonStein's body was found.

Turkey is about 70 miles north of Wilmington, N.C.

VonStein was the second of two real estate agents killed in a week in that region. Authorities believe the killings are unrelated.

The body of real estate agent Vivian Martin, 67, was found Sept. 20 in a vacant home about 40 miles away in Youngstown.

Two men arrested in connection with Martin's death were being held in the Mahoning County jail. Robert Brooks, 25, of Youngstown, and Grant Cooper, 21, of Hubbard, were each charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated arson and kidnapping.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains has said he may seek the death penalty.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,