Suspects sought in Coraopolis slaying

Warrants issued for two after man shot in his house


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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: lnavratil@post-ga­zette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twit­ter @LizNavratil. First Published July 3, 2014 3:40 PM


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