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Homicide suspect, 17, nabbed at Schenley High School prom

| Saturday, May 30, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Earl Hawkins knew that city detectives had obtained a warrant charging him with the fatal shooting of an accomplice during a robbery in Brighton Heights, but he still decided to go to a high school prom Friday in Highland Park.

When Hawkins, 17, and his date were introduced by the emcee at Schenley High School's prom, Pittsburgh police and juvenile officers started toward him, city police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann said.

Hawkins, who detectives said "looked like John Travolta in 'Saturday Night Fever' " because of the white tuxedo he was wearing, tried to run but was captured following a brief foot chase, Herrmann said.

He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail, still dressed in his tuxedo, to await arraignment on charges of criminal homicide, robbery and related crimes in the shooting of James Owens, 16, of Brighton Heights.

A second man, Jaimie Glozzer, 23, was arrested Thursday on similar charges, Herrmann said. Glozzer and Hawkins both live in Brighton Heights.

Owens, who was shot in the back during the March 1 robbery in the 3700 block of Millerton Avenue, died two weeks later at Allegheny General Hospital.

Police were called after Brandon Sheetz, 25, of Brighton Heights was shot in a leg after being confronted on the sidewalk by some young men with handguns. Officers found Owens, who was wearing a mask, bleeding and lying on the street with a gun by his side.

Detectives believe Owens was shot in the back by one of his accomplices during the holdup, Herrmann said

Owens was charged with attempted homicide before he died.

Hawkins was arrested at the same time on similar charges but later was released on bond to await a hearing.

"He was told by a homicide detective (Thursday) that another warrant was obtained, but he didn't want to turn himself in," Herrmann said.

When detectives learned Hawkins was going to the prom, they set up surveillance at Reservoir Drive and spotted him as he and his date were descending the steps at 5:40 p.m., Herrmann said.

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