Man wanted in Canton Twp. shooting apprehended

July 9, 2013
Tevin Heyman

The suspected triggerman in a shooting last month outside a Canton Township bar in which two men suffered life-threatening injuries has been apprehended.

State police arrested Tevin Rahmik Heyman, 20, whose last known address was on Addison Street in Washington, and had him arraigned Tuesday morning on charges including attempted homicide in connection with the June 6 shooting at Cozy Corner bar, court records show. His stepbrother and alleged accomplice, Eric W. Johnson of Washington, was arrested on lesser charges the day of the shooting.

Police accuse Heyman of using a .380-caliber firearm about 1 a.m. to shoot Akili Sutton once in the face while he was on the ground unconscious with injuries suffered when Johnson allegedly punched him in the side of the head. Heyman is accused of first shooting Sutton’s father, Robert Sutton, multiple times with the same weapon outside the bar at 22 Euclid Ave.

Robert Sutton was working at the bar as door security that morning when his son walked outside and started arguing with an unidentified person, the affidavit states. Heyman and Johnson were not involved at that point. Akili Sutton then went inside and returned with his father and began fighting again with the same person.

Johnson allegedly approached Akili Sutton from behind and struck him in the head, forcing him face-first to the ground, police said.

The elder Sutton and Johnson began fighting. At that time, Heyman allegedly pulled out a weapon and fired off several rounds.

Police said the incident was captured on the bar’s security system. The bar owner and patrons identified the two in custody as suspects in the case, as did Washington police.

Johnson remains in the Washington County jail on $55,000 bond, charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. Heyman faces two counts each of attempted homicide, simple assault and disorderly conduct, four counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless endangerment. District Judge David Mark remanded him to the Washington County jail on $250,000 bond.

Both suspects face a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7 before Mark.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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