Cosmic Pizza shooting: Warrant issued for John Deloney in shooting death of Richard Evans

CINCINNATI - The man accused of killing a Hartwell pizzeria owner Saturday just got out of jail five days earlier. Now Cincinnati police are working desperately to catch him again.

John Deloney, 27, has an arrest record in Ohio and Indiana, 9 On Your Side's Natasha Williams reported.

Deloney 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.

Deloney, 6-feet tall and 285 pounds, is from Indianapolis.

Police say surveillance video and eyewitnesses helped them identify Deloney as the man who shot Richard Evans, the owner of Cosmic Pizza, during an attempted robbery Saturday evening, Williams reported.

"Luckily we were able to come and examine the video," Assistant Chief Dave Bailey said.

Evans' wife and three children were in the restaurant with customers when Evans was gunned down. Evans' wife is Thai and doesn't speak English.  

"Our hearts go out to Hartwell," Bailey said. "In my 26 years, this is just an horrific situation, and we need to get this resolved."

Elizabeth Russell, who lives three doors away, 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.

Russell said she lost her own son two weeks ago. She said she had to leave her home for a few days after Saturday's shooting and she's hoping the killer is caught soon.

"Hard to believe it was this close," Russell said. "I hope it's the one, for his wife. She has no family here ... It's so sad."

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 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

Anyone with information about this shooting or the whereabouts of Deloney is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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