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Philadelphia assault suspect caught behind Riverdale gas station

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

After two months on the run from homicide detectives in Philadelphia, a 21-year-old man was arrested in Riverdale while "attempting to urinate" behind a gas station.

Tyree Bohannon was nabbed by Clayton County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Orn behind a Racetrack gas station around 6:30 p.m., at 5905 Highway 85, and arrested him on charges of public indecency, according to affidavits filed in court.

Bohannon's arrest comes about two months after he allegedly shot 24-year-old Daren Dieter in the neck and chest, and Elina Henry in the arm, while the couple sat in a car outside a bar in Philadelphia, according to Detective John Galiabter of Philadelphia.

The shooting has left Dieter paralyzed and communicating through eye-blinks, police said.

Deputy Orn caught Bohannon on Nov. 21, according to court records, and when the man was searched, more than a gram of suspected crack and cocaine were found. Orn then ran the man's name through a national data base of wanted people and found that he was wanted on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and numerous weapons-related violations.

Detective Galiabter said catching Bohannon on a minor infraction was a break in the case, but not entirely surprising.

"That happens a lot of times, where people who are wanted will get picked up for the littlest things," the detective said by phone Thursday. "Traffic violations. You never know. Sometimes, that's how these things work."

Philadelphia police knew the suspected gunman had gone to the Atlanta area, based on information from the man's family and friends, Galiabter said. They had not located him, however, until the Clayton deputy picked him up.

Bohannon became the main suspect in the Philadelphia shooting based on surveillance camera and photos putting him at the scene at Shrimpie's Bar, at 1910 Cheltenham Ave., police said.

According to news reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dieter, an aspiring artist and the son of a prominent consumer advocate, went to Shrimpie's walk-up window at about 11 p.m., on Sept. 22. He returned to his Nissan Maxima where his girlfriend was waiting. Bohannon allegedly approached the couple and began shooting as they were about to leave.

Galiabter said police still do not know the motive for the shooting.

Bohannon was granted a $22,000 bond, on the charges in Clayton County, and his probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 3. Though facing charges in Clayton County, the 21-year-old has been extradited to Pennsylvania to face the more serious charges, authorities said.