By CHRIS BARBER
EAST NOTTINGHAM – An 18-year-old man is dead following what police say was a drug deal gone wrong on Tuesday night.
According to a criminal complaint filed by state police at Avondale, Anthony Rody-Pietro of East Nottingham met with three acquaintances at the corner of Duck Farm and Oxford roads at about 7:30 p.m., allegedly to sell them marijuana.
When Benjamin Francis Deasey, 18, of Oxford, and two juveniles showed up on Duck Farm Road in a truck driven by one of the juveniles, Rody-Pietro handed a quantity of the drug to the juvenile passenger by the window, who grabbed it without paying. The three in the truck then started to drive away. A struggle ensued with Reody-Pietro hanging onto the truck and one of the juveniles yelling, “You’re beat, dude, get off the truck,” according to the affidavit.
The truck then turned onto Oxford Road, where Rody-Pietro fell off or let go and was run over by the pickup truck.
Police and Oxford EMS responded to the report of a hit-and-run crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. According to the criminal complaint, they found the victim lying on the road having suffered severe trauma to his face, neck and upper torso.
At that point, according to the report, George Welhaf, 41, of Duck Farm Road identified the victim as his son. He told police that the victim had told he father that he was going out for a cigarette and had not returned. That is when the father became suspicious.
Police said there was video surveillance of the scene that showed a pickup truck parking in the area of the 100 block of Duck Farm Road on Tuesday evening and turning off the lights. The video shows an individual presumed to be Rody-Pietro walking toward the truck and an interaction with the occupants taking place. It also appeared that the truck drove away with the victim hanging on.
Police interviewed the two juveniles and Deasey, who told them they had planned to take the marijuana without paying. They did, indeed, obtain the marijuana and split it among themselves, police said.
One of the juveniles later told police he had earlier texted Rody-Pietro saying the deal was off to make it appear they had not participated in the incident.
Charges have been filed against Deasey on robbery, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person.