July 28, 2016 |
A man who tried to rob two people with a real looking BB gun in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia was wounded early Tuesday when his second victim shot him with a licensed weapon. The man was shot three times in the stomach and chest area and is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. Police were still trying to determine the man's identity; he did not have ID on him and has not been cooperating with police.
February 11, 2016 |
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday that the fatal shooting last July by Camden County Police officers of a man holding a BB gun was justified, a ruling that frustrated the man's family. The Prosecutor's Office said Oscar Camacho Jr., 33, pointed the weapon, which was black and had a brown handle, at an officer and ignored orders to drop it before the officer and a sergeant opened fire. Sgt. Keith Henderson, a 10-year veteran, fired 16 times, striking Camacho "multiple times," authorities said.
February 7, 2016 |
Police said Friday that they had arrested two teenagers in connection with an armed robbery this week on the Schuylkill River Trail, and are investigating whether they were responsible for other assaults on the popular pathway. The boys, 16 and 17, are facing charges that include aggravated assault, robbery, theft, and related crimes in Wednesday night's attack on a 38-year-old man, police said. The victim told police he was walking north on the trail just before 9 p.m. when four teenagers on bicycles approached him near Paine's Park, pointed handguns at him, and demanded money, his cellphone, and his bag. He handed over the phone, but was beaten and punched when he refused to unlock it, police said.
February 2, 2016
WHEN I was a student at Howard University back in the dark ages, classmates used to boast about coming from tough, inner-city neighborhoods. It was almost like playing the dozens, the way friends would try to one-up each others' tall tales. I don't remember, though, ever hearing anything back then that could compare with the experiences that some kids in Philly witness on a regular basis. I'm thinking of two murders involving youngsters that took place this past fall. All killings are tragic, but these were particularly heart-wrenching because they involved teens -- babies, really.
December 18, 2015 |
When 14-year-old Duval "DJ" DeShields saw a group of preteen girls and boys fighting in his North Philadelphia neighborhood, friends said he brandished a BB pistol and the fighting ended. DeShields' act of intervention on Oct. 12 later got him killed. On Wednesday, friends told a Philadelphia judge that Dimitrius Brown, 19, confronted DeShields at 8:40 p.m. on 10th Street near Thompson. Brown grabbed DeShields and demanded: "What makes you think it's cool for you to pull a gun on one of my young bulls?"
December 17, 2015 |
After hard time at state prison, after months of nothing but prison-yard worms, after two bumpy buses and a train trek to Philadelphia while stashed away in a peanut butter jar, freedom was near for the Frog. His unlikely captor, Eric Miskovitch, stood in the grass on the Schuylkill River Trail on Dec. 7, holding his palm-size jailhouse pet, until recently the pride of C Block. And if freedom was imminent for the Frog, it was a newfound pleasure for Miskovitch. Only two hours earlier, Miskovitch, 39, of Allegheny County, had been paroled from Graterford Prison, where he had spent twelve years for a robbery and a string of car thefts - and for the very bad habit of leading police on high-speed chases through the streets and suburbs of Pittsburgh.
December 16, 2015 |
The mother of a missing 15-year-old boy who found her son shot to death in a car in North Philadelphia told police that an anonymous caller sent her to the block where she found the body, a law enforcement source said. The mother of Xavier Stern of Upper Darby told police that she received a call last Tuesday from someone she did not know telling her to go to the area of 24th and Park Streets to find her son, the source said. She found the teenager's body three days later in a debris-strewn car, the source said.
December 2, 2015 |
Thanks to the magic of the 24-hour TV-movie marathon, the phrase "You'll shoot your eye out!" has become as much a part of our Yuletide vocabulary as Tiny Tim's eternally precious "God bless us everyone!" This year, you don't have to wait until TBS' Christmas Eve kickoff of 24 hours of "A Christmas Story" to hear that spirit-crushing admonition. Not surprisingly, it resounds throughout "A Christmas Story - The Musical," which is having its Philly premiere through Jan. 10 at the Walnut Street Theatre.
October 17, 2015 |
Dimitrius Brown arrived at the city courthouse Friday morning to stand trial for theft. But before his trial even began, he left in handcuffs, accused of a much more serious offense: the murder of 14-year-old Duval DeShields, who was shot Monday in North Philadelphia. Homicide detectives served Brown's arrest warrant in the courtroom just after 10 a.m. Friday. Cameron Kline, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said such arrests are not uncommon. "In a situation like this, we know where the defendant is, and it's a semi-secure place to serve and make that arrest," he said.
October 15, 2015 |
A 14-year-old boy remained in critical condition after being shot in the forehead Monday night in North Philadelphia, police said Tuesday. The shooting occurred near a Philadelphia Housing Authority police station on the 1200 block of North 10th Street. The boy, police said, lived in the neighborhood. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital. While the boy was being transported to the hospital, what appears to have been a BB gun fell out of his clothing, police said. Police said a large amount of blood was found in the middle of the street Monday night.