Washington High students hit with more charges after brawl

Posted: June 25, 2014

THREE GEORGE Washington High School students were involved earlier this month in a brawl so intense that school police had trouble breaking it up, according to law enforcement and court documents.

One of those intervening officers, Sgt. Daryl Giles, a 19-year veteran, died of a heart attack five hours after the June 2 brawl, authorities said. An hour or so after the fight, Giles was visibly sweating, complained of indigestion and "was popping Tums," witnesses said. He later went to the bathroom, where he was found unconscious, the district said.

He was pronounced dead about 1:35 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Montgomery County. The cause of death was heart disease, said Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman.

Initially, Philadelphia police arrested and charged the three males - Carlito Wright, 18, Impraim Kojo, 18, and a third underage teen - with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. But "due to the District Attorney's Office review of the circumstances, the charges were upgraded," said Detective Bryan Trush, with Northeast Detectives, referring to Giles' death.

The teens, who were initially released on their own recognizance, were rearrested at their homes June 12 and charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, intent to commit a riot and other crimes, Trush said.

Wright, of Strahle Terrace near Strahle Street in Fox Chase, was expected to graduate with the class of 2014 and was a wide receiver on Washington's football team. Kojo, of Tomlinson Road near Haldeman Avenue in Bustleton, also was expected to graduate. He transferred to Washington, on Bustleton Avenue near Verree Road, this year from Lincoln High School, his mother, Bendu Musa, said.

The Daily News is withholding the name of the third teen because he is a minor. He, too, was on the school football team.

This wasn't the first time these three young men were involved in a fight. Back in September, four students were involved in a melee at a gas station across the street from the school, district spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed.

Multiple sources told the Daily News that Wright, Kojo, the minor and one other student were involved in that brawl. Kojo, in addition, invited two friends from Lincoln, principal Gene Jones said, according to Gallard.

Kojo's nose was broken and his face was struck with a football helmet, leaving one of his eyes swollen shut, his mother told the Daily News last week. He was treated for his injuries at an emergency room, she said. No other student involved with the fight sought medical attention.

Musa claimed the Sept. 17 fight started because a football player asked Kojo to move from the seat he had taken during lunchtime, and the new student refused. The students later agreed to meet up at the gas station to settle the matter, Gallard said.

After the September fight, Musa said she spoke with Giles. "He helped my son," she said. "He said if we had any problems to go straight to him."

All three teens are out on bail and are expected to be arraigned in Family Court on July 1, the District Attorney's Office said.

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