Cosmic Pizza shooting: Suspect John Deloney arrested in Indianapolis for death of Richard Evans

CINCINNATI - The man accused of killing a Hartwell pizzeria owner was arrested Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis police say John Deloney, 27, turned himself in around 9 p.m. He is currently in police custody.

Deloney, an Indianapolis native, was in town visiting his twin brother, according to investigators.

Detectives say the suspect shot Cosmic Pizza owner Richard Evans Saturday evening during an attempted robbery at the restaurant .

Police say surveillance video and eyewitnesses helped them identify Deloney as the man who shot Evans.

“Luckily we were able to come and examine the video,” said Assistant Chief Dave Bailey with the Cincinnati Police Department.

Deloney has a criminal arrest record in both Ohio and Indiana

He was released on bond from the Dearborn County Jail on June 10. He was arrested May 2 after he and a woman were accused of stealing a patron's credit card at Hollywood Casino.

Before that, Deloney was in the Hamilton County Justice Center for stealing a pickup truck and selling it for scrap. A judge put him on probation.

Evans' death has had an impact on the residents of Hartwell, many of whom were inside the eatery during the fatal robbery attempt. That includes Evans' wife and three children.

Elizabeth Russell, who lives three doors away from the eatery, said she saw Evans lying outside after he stumbled out of the restaurant.

“I opened my door and seen him laying there and it made me sick,” Russell said.

Gwendolyn Ellis said she moved to Hartwell because it’s quiet and safe. She can’t believe somebody walked into the neighborhood pizza shop and killed the owner.

“I know it’s hard. There ain’t no jobs out here. Money is tight. The economy is bad. But it don’t mean you take it from somebody else,” Ellis said. “You got to figure out how to make ends meet without hurting anybody else.”

Evans' funeral is set for Friday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at Hodapp Funeral Home, 7401 Vine St., in Carthage.

A fund for Evans’ widow and three children has been set up via the website gofundme.com . More than $20,000 has already been raised.

Additionally, website administrator Dawn Murray reports that a cemetery plot was donated, but funds were still being sought for burial services. Donations can be made at the Evans family fund at http://www.gofundme.com/3ac52k .

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WCPO Digital's Jesse Folk contributed to this report.

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