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

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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