A Coraopolis man was bound with duct tape and hit on the head with a stone during part of a plot to find drugs and money that ended with his death, according to court documents filed Thursday.
Allegheny County police obtained warrants for two of four people spotted leaving the Fifth Avenue home of Thomas Cassano, 39, early Nov. 1.
Rasheim Wallace, 23, and Bradley Kemp, 22, both of Wilkinsburg, face charges of homicide and other crimes in connection with Mr. Cassano’s death.
Others involved had not been charged as of Thursday night.
Police said they suspect Mr. Cassano was drinking and smoking marijuana with someone in the hours before his death. They said his two daughters, ages 6 and 4, were inside the home when three men and one woman went inside.
When police arrived about 3 a.m., they found Mr. Cassano lying in the kitchen with two gunshot wounds to the groin and found two .45-caliber shell casings nearby.
Duct tape had been wrapped unevenly around Mr. Cassano’s head, and the roll was still attached, according to the complaint.
There was a blood-stained stone on his bed, near blood spatter, and it seemed to correspond with a laceration on Mr. Cassano’s head, police wrote.
Police said they suspect a confrontation began in Mr. Cassano’s bedroom and moved into the kitchen. At some point during it, some of the suspects shouted, “Where’s it at?”, “Where’s the drugs?” and “Where’s the money?”, according to the complaint.
They ran out of the house before police arrived.
Detectives wrote that someone who heard the gunshots went to Mr. Cassano’s house in hopes of helping him. Before he died, Mr. Cassano said he thought he knew the identity of one of the people who shot him, police said.
Mr. Wallace and Mr. Kemp had not been arrested as of Thursday night. Andrew Schurman, Allegheny County homicide lieutenant, said in a news release that Mr. Wallace goes by the nicknames “Jersey” and “Buddha” and is known to spend time in North Versailles and East Pittsburgh.
Mr. Wallace, a black man, is about 5 feet 6, weighs about 160 pounds and has his name tattooed on the inside of his forearm, the lieutenant said. Mr. Kemp, who also is black, is about 6 feet 1 and weighs about 180 pounds, police said.
Police were asking anyone with information about the suspects’ whereabouts to call the Allegheny County homicide unit at 412-473-1300.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published July 3, 2014 3:40 PM