U.S. Marshals search for suspect in Rowan Sweeney shooting
Authorities are trying to zero in on a suspect wanted in connection to the shooting death of a Struthers boy.
Andre McCoy vanished right after he was released from a hospital, where he was getting treatment for his injuries in the September 2020 shooting that took 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney's life.
McCoy was not charged at the time he disappeared.
The U.S. Marshals is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the 21-year-old.
The U.S. Marshals Service says they believe McCoy could be in the neighboring state of Indiana, possibly in the state capital of Indianapolis.
McCoy is wanted on several charges including aggravated murder and felonious assault.
The alleged triggerman, 24-year-old Kimonie Bryant, is preparing to go on trial.
Rowan Sweeney's father says just wants justice.
"Rowan deserves this," David Sweeney said. "He doesn't deserve to be held up like this,
Rowan deserves justice to be brought for him."
Struthers Law Director John Zomoida told 21 News back in 2020 he believed at that time that there was a connection between McCoy and Bryant. Just one day after the shooting, he shared a series of text messages he believed were exchanged between the two suspects.
Zomoida says these messages with Bryant were found on McCoy's cell phone.
"Sure he ain't got one"
McCoy says: "Positive. Just told me somebody stole it."
And McCoy eventually tells Bryant to come up steps and open a door.
McCoy was not charged until after he disappeared. He's considered to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Marshals tip line at 1-866-4-WANTED.
Sweeney is hopeful for his capture.
"I see all the time on the news different stories of the U.S. Marshals grabbing suspects from cases," he said. "So I definitely think they will grab him, hopefully sooner than later."