2 arrested in killing of South Philadelphia bartender

Keith Hardy (Photo: Philadelphia Police Department)
Keith Hardy (Photo: Philadelphia Police Department)
Posted: July 07, 2012

Two men have been arrested and charged in the fatal stabbing of a fill-in bartender during a robbery at a South Philadelphia bar in the early morning hours of June 24, police said today.

Keith Hardy, 57, was taken into custody the day after George Fox, 44, was killed inside the T-Barr, 8th and Jackson Streets, but police did not announce his arrest until today, after a second man wanted in the deadly robbery was captured.

According to police, the Homicide Fugitive Squad task force found Omar Wright, 31, on the 1200 block of South Millik Street at 6:30 a.m. and arrested him.

Hardy, of the 600 block of Fernon Street, has been charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, robbery and theft. Wright, who, police said stabbed Fox, faces similar offenses.

Police said it was sometime after 1 o'clock on that Sunday morning when a hooded robber walked into the bar with about a dozen patrons present, went up to Fox and stabbed him before fleeing with about $600.

Bar owner Tom Barr said Fox, a plumber and father of six, agreed to fill in because the regular bartender needed the night off.

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