Son named as suspect in beating death of Brunswick woman Mary Tench, turned over to Strongsville PD

BRUNSWICK, Ohio - The man named as a suspect in a Brunswick grandmother's death is her son, according to Strongsville police.

Mary Tench was found dead Tuesday afternoon in her car at an industrial park on Carquest Drive. On Thursday, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner determined she was beaten to death.

James Tench, 27, lived at home with his mother in Brunswick.

He was arrested by Brunswick police and named as a suspect in his mother's murder. They later handed him over to police in Strongsville on unrelated robbery charges.

Police say he robbed Strongsville's Old Carolina BBQ on Pearl Road Oct. 28, holding people hostage during the robbery.

He was arraigned in municipal court Thursday morning on two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping and one count of safe cracking for the Strongsville robbery.

James Tench is being held on a $2 million bond.

Mary Tench's daughter, Jennifer Swain, told NewsChannel5 that her brother missed a call from their mother at around midnight Monday night and that police were questioning him.

The 55-year-old Brunswick woman was reported missing Tuesday morning when she did not show up to babysit her grandchildren, Swain told NewsChannel5 that afternoon.

Anyone with information about the homicide can call Brunswick Police at 330-225-9111.

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