Hardworking dad slain in Olney

Charles Fricker, who worked as a part-time traffic reporter with KYW NewsRadio as Chuck Williams, was stabbed to death.
Charles Fricker, who worked as a part-time traffic reporter with KYW NewsRadio as Chuck Williams, was stabbed to death.
Posted: May 23, 2011

A father who worked three jobs - including one as a part-time traffic reporter on KYW-1060 - was killed Saturday morning in Olney by a butcher-knife-wielding bicyclist, according to police and his family.

His attacker was then shot and killed by police after three Taser blasts failed to subdue him, said Lt. Ray Evers, police spokesman.

Charles Fricker, 52, who worked as an insurance salesman, disc jockey and as a part-time traffic reporter with KYW under the pseudonym Chuck Williams, was getting out of his car to visit insurance clients on 3rd Street near Somerville Avenue about 9:50 a.m. when he was approached by a man on a bicycle, according to police and his daughter, 26-year-old Amy Fricker.

Police said the bicyclist, a man in his 20s, stabbed Fricker twice in the chest during the course of a robbery with a butcher knife that was more than a foot long.

Amy Fricker said she imagined that her dad fought back in his final moments.

"He was the kind of guy who would have stood up for himself, unfortunately," she said.

Fricker, of Waterford, N.J., was pronounced dead at the scene. A witness who saw the attack followed the assailant for five blocks until he saw him enter a house on Mascher Street near Grange Avenue, police said.

Officers responded and found the suspect in the basement of the house, Evers said.

The man was still holding the massive butcher knife and threatening police, so they shot him three times with a Taser, Evers said. When that failed to stop him from lunging at police, officers shot him in the chest, Evers said. He was pronounced dead on scene at 10:10 a.m. Police withheld his name, pending family notification.

Amy Fricker said her dad "was just the best man ever."

"He would do anything for anybody, and he never did anything mean or hurtful to anybody," she said.

He had two daughters, worked as an insurance salesman, owned his own DJ business, American Sound Disc Jockeys, and just a few months ago got a part-time gig on KYW doing traffic under the name Chuck Williams, Amy Fricker said. Before that, he worked as a disc jockey at 103.7 The Shark, in Atlantic City, under the same pseudonym, she said.

Amy Fricker said knowing that the man who took her dad's life wasn't on the streets offered her some comfort.

"Not that I want somebody else to be killed, but knowing there's not somebody out there we have to be looking for or trying to find is better for closure," she said.

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