Suspect in Butler County homicides was due in court on day he took women hostage

Two women are dead after a homicide Tuesday night in Madison Twp. and a standoff Wednesday at an apartment on Sal Boulevard in Trenton. James Geran is a suspect in both of the deaths, according to the sheriff’s office. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF



James Geran was scheduled to be in Middletown Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Instead, Butler County Sheriff’s detectives said he killed two women, including one during a hostage situation in Trenton.

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Geran was cited in May for a turn signal violation and was scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for the traffic violation. He was previously charged with improper use of a firearm in a motor vehicle, but that charged was ignored by a grand jury, according to court records.

He was convicted in 1994 of robbery and gross sexual imposition and sent to prison, according to court records.

Geran, 45, has a listed address in court records of Golfview Road in Middletown.

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Police said they believe Geran killed a woman in her 20s inside a vehicle and then dumped her body late Tuesday night along Woodsdale Road in Madison Twp.

Geran then allegedly killed an “elderly woman” during a hostage situation involving at least two women hours later Wednesday in a Trenton apartment on Sal Boulevard, according to the sheriff’s office.

Both women were fatally shot, according to police.

While Geran is a suspect in the two deaths, he has not been charged, police told the Journal-News.

The sheriff’s office said it is investigating both deaths as homicides.

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