An 18-year-old man has been arrested in the killing of Sabina Rose O'Donnell, the young waitress who was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled June 2 while on her way home after a night out, police said.
Donte Johnson, of the 900 block of N. 11th Street, is expected to be charged today with murder, rape and robbery in O'Donnell's death.
Police believe Johnson is the man seen on surveillance footage biking around Northern Liberties and Fishtown for an hour before crossing paths with O'Donnell and following her home to her apartment near North 4th Street and Girard Avenue.
The killing began as a robbery attempt that escalated quickly, Captain James Clark said today. Johnson, Clark said, started out wanting to steal O'Donnell's bike.