Cops Nab Suspect In 2 Killings

Posted: September 25, 1997

A manhunt for a double-homicide suspect has ended in Kensington.

Police arrested Reginald Bryant, 24, Tuesday night for allegedly murdering two people and shooting another in a crack house on 62nd Street near Arch in West Philadelphia during the summer.

On July 25, Bryant shot and killed Charles Sipes, 36, and wounded Leonard Wright, 30, police said.

Sipes died from three wounds to his head, leg and torso while Wright was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and released.

On Aug. 4, Bryant returned to the rowhouse and killed Madeline Carter, 43, a witness to the first shooting, police said.

Bryant, police said, shot Carter in the back, then torched her body and the rowhouse. Neighbors had to be evacuated.

As a result of the shootings and the arson the Department of Licenses and Inspections sealed off the house and other suspected crack houses on the block.

Bryant's arrest was the second on Tuesday of a suspected murderer on the run. Earlier in the day, Jose ``Little Bert'' DeJesus, was arrested in Frankford after allegedly going on a summer shooting rampage that left three people dead and several others wounded.

DeJesus is charged with the murder of Carlos Martinez on Palethorp Street near Cambria on June 30, and the slayings of Felix ``Chino'' Vargas and Elizabeth Carrasquillo, who was pregnant when shot down. Her baby boy was delivered by Caesarean section moments after she died.

Bryant was arrested in a house on Amber Street, near Huntingdon, in Kensington. Neighbors said he attempted to escape by jumping through a second-floor window, but cops caught him.

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