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Deputies Arrest Second Suspect
in Route 30 Shooting

FBI, U.S. Marshals surround home in Mount Oliver

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
March 11, 2020
Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

Sheriff's deputies have apprehended a second suspect wanted in connection with a Oct. 27 shooting in North Versailles Twp.

That incident left one man dead and caused a three-car accident on Route 30 that injured several people.

Erik Desean Addison, 24, of Homestead was arrested Wednesday morning in Mount Oliver, said Tony Griffith, spokesman for Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen.

Addison was wanted by Allegheny County police on charges of homicide, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm, recklessly endangering other persons and carrying a firearm without a license.

Another suspect, Tyrone Freeman, 23, of Homestead is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail following formal arraignment on similar charges. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Police allege that on the evening of Oct. 27, Addison and another man, Tyrone Freeman, 22, of Homestead began following and then shooting at a car driven by Richard N. Littlejohn Jr., 32, of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, as Littlejohn drove west toward Pittsburgh on Route 30.

At least one shot struck Littlejohn in the head, investigators said. Police said Littlejohn’s car then collided with the vehicle in which Addison and Freeman were riding, sending both cars out of control and into the eastbound lanes of Route 30, where they struck a third car head-on between the George Westinghouse Bridge and Great Valley Shopping Center.

Freeman was injured in the wreck and was arrested at the scene, but Addison fled before police arrived.

Other occupants of the vehicles, including four children and an infant, were injured. The crash closed Route 30 for nearly 12 hours.

In a prepared statement, Griffith said Wednesday sheriff’s deputies have been searching for Addison for the past six weeks and developed information that he was staying with his girlfriend in Mount Oliver.
 
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies, U.S. Marshals and FBI agents surrounded a home in the 100 block of Margaret Street, he said.

Using loudspeakers, deputies demanded the people inside the house come outside and surrender.

Three people came outside and were identified by sheriff’s deputies as Addison’s girlfriend, Emily Kosko, 22; Noel Haten, 23; and Jacob Haten, 20. They told deputies that Addison was not inside, Griffith said.

Deputies searched the house and after an hour, found Addison hiding behind a wall in the attic, he said.

Addison surrendered without further incident and was taken to the Allegheny County police homicide unit for questioning, Griffith said.

Charges are pending against Kosko and the Hatens in relation to this morning’s incident, he said. All three were taken into custody and transported to Allegheny County Jail.

Deputies recovered two firearms — a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol — from the Margaret Street home, as well as suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Griffith said.

In January, Allegheny County SWAT officers raided a home on Lincoln Avenue in Duquesne where they believed Addison might be hiding. Although Addison was not there, police recovered a loaded 9-mm handgun, ammunition, suspected crack cocaine, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, and arrested an occupant of the home.

Originally published March 11, 2020.

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