Summit County Deputies have made two arrests in connection with the death of a 23-year old Green man found dead of a heroin overdose. The body of Tyler Bornstein was reported by a resident in a vacant lot off Alfred Road in Coventry Township. The Medical Examiner determined Bornstein did not die at the site but was instead moved from another location. Police arrested an acquaintance who admitted the pair had purchased heroin from an Akron drug dealer and cooperated with police.
The testimony led to the arrest of Anton Pickett, 19, of Akron on charges including Involuntary Manslaughter and drug trafficking counts. Pickett and the other man are booked in the Summit County Jail.
(Summit County Sheriff’s Department) On September 28, the body of a white male was discovered in a vacant lot on Alfred Road off of Arlington Road in Coventry Township by a local resident. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded and the Summit County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit processed the scene.
Drug paraphernalia was located near the body. The body was identified as Tyler Bornstein, age 23 of Green. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the death of Tyler Bornstein did not occur at the location in which the body was discovered. The preliminary results from the autopsy determined the cause of death to be an overdose of heroin.
The investigation into the death of Tyler Bornstein led to the arrest of a 23 year old male who was with Tyler Bornstein at the time of his death. The two had purchased heroin from a dealer in the city of Akron prior to the Bornstein’s death. The 23 year old male was charged with Tampering with Evidence (F-3) and Obstructing Justice (F-5). He was subsequently booked into the Summit County Jail. The arrestee cooperated with the investigation which led to the identification of the subject who sold the heroin to Tyler Bornstein moments before his death.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and the Summit County Drug Unit continued the investigation and identified Anton Pickett (age 19 of Akron) as the individual who supplied the heroin. The investigation revealed that the heroin sold by Anton Pickett contributed and/or caused the death of Tyler Bornstein. On October 9, 2014, arrest warrants were issued for Anton Pickett on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter (F-1), Corrupting Another with Drugs (F-2), and Trafficking in Drugs (F-5). On October 10, 2014, a search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office Swat Unit at the residence of Anton Pickett in the city of Akron.
Pickett was taken into custody and booked into the Summit County Jail.