Girlfriend of alleged bar shooter arrested

June 11, 2013
Taneisha Thomas

The woman state police say is the girlfriend of the man accused of shooting a father and son outside a Canton Township bar last week was arrested Monday for allegedly lying to investigators.

Taneisha Lashay Thomas, 21, of 825 Ewing St., Washington, was charged by state police Trooper Thomas Kress with hindering apprehension.

Kress identified her as the girlfriend of Tevin Heyman, who is accused of shooting 56-year-old Robert Sutton and his 33-year-old son, Akili Sutton, outside the Cozy Corner bar, 22 Euclid Ave., early Thursday morning.

Heyman, 22, faces charges including attempted homicide and aggravated assault for allegedly shooting the elder Sutton in the legs and then shooting an unconscious Akili Sutton in the face. Eric Johnson, 24, of Washington, is in the Washington County jail on charges including aggravated assault for allegedly knocking Akili Sutton unconscious during the confrontation outside the bar.

State police investigators told Thomas they were looking for Heyman. Thomas told state police that on the night of the shooting she picked up Heyman in her vehicle and they went to the Cozy Corner.

Thomas told police they went inside the bar and it was packed. At one point, Thomas said she became aware of a commotion outside the bar. She went outside to see what was going on, police said. Thomas said she believed that Heyman was already outside.

Akili Sutton was reportedly fighting with a man she claimed that she did not know. She saw Sutton fall to the ground and then heard shots. People started running and Thomas said she yelled for her sister, who said they had to get out of there. Thomas told police her sister drove Thomas’ car to 448 N. Main St., Washington.

Thomas reportedly told police Heyman was not with her when she left the bar and claimed she had not seen or heard from him since.

Rebecca Lynn Kohn told state police it was she who drove Heyman, Thomas and Williams from the scene, taking them to the All Star Express (Circle K) on Henderson Avenue in Canton.

Kohn told police Heyman and Thomas, who she referred to as “Neish,” got out of her vehicle and then entered a gold Honda that left the lot. Police said the video surveillance corroborated Kohn’s story. Heyman and Thomas were seen on video getting into the vehicle that then left the lot.

Kohn, 30, of Joffre, was arrested Saturday by state police on charges of hindering apprehension and false reports for allegedly lying to state police during earlier interviews. She was arraigned before District Judge James Ellis and is free on her own recognizance.

Thomas was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson and released from the Washington County jail Monday night after posting a $10,000 percentage bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18 before District Judge Robert Redlinger.

State police are still looking for Heyman. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 724-223-5200.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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