NewsLocal NewsAkron Canton News

Actions

Man arrested in connection to death of 1-year-old who was fatally shot while sleeping in Canton home

Ace Canton shooting.png
Posted at 10:40 AM, Dec 01, 2020

CANTON, Ohio — An arrest has been made in connection to the death of Ace Lucas, the 1-year-old who was shot while sleeping in his Canton home in July, according to Canton Police Chief Jack Angelo.

Trejuan Johnson, 23, has been charged as being one of the persons involved in his death. He has been charged with two counts of murder with a firearm specification, six counts of felonious assault, one count of improperly discharging a firearm into or at a habitation, and one count of having weapons under disability.

On Monday, officers from the Canton Police Department and agents from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force took Johnson into custody following a secret indictment by a Stark County grand jury.

That arrest was made in prison where state records show Johnson was serving time for violating terms of his post-release control.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Johnson served prison time for drug trafficking until his release in April. Records show he was booked back into prison on August 28.

The shooting happened on July 22 in the 1600 block of Clarendon Avenue SW.

According to police, Ace was sleeping when bullets tore through the house and struck him and his twin brother. Ace was transported to a nearby hospital and later died. His brother was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Surveillance video showed three men outside the home before the shooting.

"I don't know how much information the suspects had about who was in the house," said Canton Police Lt. Dennis Garren. "We have yet to determine a motive for this tragedy."

Canton police are asking anyone with information regarding other persons wanted in connection to the death of Ace to contact the detective bureau at 330-489-3144.

"We believe all three [gunmen] were guilty of firing rounds into that house," said Garren. "We think they're all equally guilty for that house being struck and the victims being struck."

RELATED:

Twin 1-year-old brothers shot while asleep in Canton, one dead; among 3 fatal shootings in 24 hours

Persons involved in homicide of 1-year-old Ace Lucas may be from Chicago area, police say