FOP increases reward - for a limited time

Posted: February 12, 2014

Hoping for a break in the Amber Long homicide investigation, Philadelphia's police union on Monday doubled the reward it is offering in the case, to $20,000.

But with one condition.

The extra $10,000 for information leading to an arrest is on the table only until midnight Sunday, said John J. McNesby, the president of the union.

After Sunday, the FOP's original reward of $10,000 will stand, McNesby said.

The hope is that extra money - and the time frame - will provide a final push to someone with information.

"We wanted to do something," he said. "Talking to the guys in homicide, they've all said this one of the most horrific cases they've worked on."

Long, 26, was shot once in the chest Jan. 19, when two men attacked her and her mother as they walked along Front Street in Northern Liberties, making a grab for the purses the women were carrying. The bullet pierced Long's heart. A third man drove a getaway car, a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala.

The FOP's increase brings the total reward to $47,000 - at least through Sunday.

The new money comes in addition to $7,000 being offered by the Citizens' Crime Commission and the $20,000 reward the city offers in every homicide. That money is paid upon conviction.

The FOP will pay its money as soon as an arrest is made, McNesby said.

"Bring them in by Sunday, and you're paid $20,000 cash," he continued. "That's a lot of money. . . . If you know something, call homicide, and let's get these people off the street."

Tipsters may call 215-686-8477 or the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334.

215-854-2759 @MikeNewall

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