December 18, 2015 |
THE GUY HOLDING the butcher knife had a simple mantra that he kept repeating to the two Philadelphia Police officers in front of him: "If you don't shoot me, you're going to regret it. " This was back in August, on a steamy day on Warnock Street near Somerset in North Philly. Officers Brian Nolan and Anthony Santulli kept their eyes on the unhinged man, while his relatives wailed in the background, begging the cops to help him, not hurt him. So Nolan, 26, and Santulli, 24, started talking.
March 16, 2015 |
Ask Father Doug McKay to explain what's at the heart of his ministry in Grays Ferry, and he may tell you a story about two brothers. It's an afternoon 10 years ago, and he's sitting on the porch of his ministry house across from St. Gabe's Church. These two brothers from the neighborhood come running down the street, one chasing the other with a butcher knife. When they pass St. Gabe's, the brother with the knife doesn't miss a beat: He switches the knife into his left hand, makes the sign of the cross with his right, and keeps on running after his brother.
March 27, 2014 |
JOSE DIAZ did not flinch yesterday when a city prosecutor presented DNA and bloody-boot-print evidence that allegedly linked him to the December stabbing death of retired Villanova University professor Carol Ambruster. And at the end of the preliminary hearing, when Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni ordered Diaz to stand trial for murder, robbery and related counts, he remained just as unfazed. Defense attorney Benjamin Cooper, after the hearing, told reporters that Diaz, 42, was a handyman at Ambruster's Germantown apartment building, he knew her and was sad to hear that she had been killed, but was not guilty.
October 14, 2013 |
For months after she came out of the coma, Beth O'Donnell had no recollection at all. Then bit by bit, the morning of Feb. 24, 2008, came back to her. The man brandishing the butcher knife at her and her friend Kelsey Gaynier. The rape. His warning before leaving the room: "No funny business. " In time, O'Donnell would remember turning the lock behind him, throwing on her brown velour sweat suit, opening the window, and hearing the crash when the rapist broke down the door. The next few critical seconds, though, have mercifully retreated into some permanent hiding place in her brain.
September 28, 2013 |
AUDUBON PARK A jury in Camden County found a 22-year-old Audubon Park woman guilty Thursday of killing her boyfriend nearly three years ago. Paige Pfefferle, a La Salle University student, stabbed Matthew Hus, 21, of Audubon, with a butcher knife Sept. 4, 2010, during an argument, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. After a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for three hours before reaching the guilty verdict on murder, weapons, and hindering charges. Pfefferle's attorney, Jamie Kaigh, said he planned to appeal.
April 23, 2013 |
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was on the run and his 17-year-old brother was in serious condition after a "Cain-and-Abel" slash attack in Upper Darby, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. Police said the brothers were alone in their house on St. Laurence Road near West Chester Pike about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when they began fighting about money the 17-year-old allegedly owed to his brother. At some point, the younger teen retrieved a butcher knife and began swinging it at his brother, saying he was going to kill him, Chitwood said.
April 17, 2012 |
AN UPPER DARBY man who called 9-1-1 Monday and threatened to kill himself and his family busted out of a closet with a hatchet and swung "wildly" at police, one of whom shot him in return, according to Upper Darby Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "The cops described it as something out of 'Friday the 13th,' " Chitwood said. Joshua Bruno, 19, remained in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania but was expected to survive the gunshot wound, Chitwood said.
December 30, 2011 |
A BRITISH TOURIST who died in search of the perfect body, a pregnant woman and her unborn child who were beaten to death outside traffic court and a KYW traffic reporter slain by a butcher-knife-wielding bicyclist were among the city's more notorious deaths this year. Here's a look back: * Feb. 7: Tovoyia Owens, 21, was killed along with her unborn child when she was beaten to death outside of Philadelphia Traffic Court in broad daylight. Walter Williams, 26, is awaiting trial on third-degree murder charges for the beating, which was allegedly spurred on by an ongoing dispute he had with Owens' boyfriend.
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.
March 26, 2011 |
Army Sgt. James Stropas cheated death while serving two tours in Iraq. He almost got blown up by an improvised explosive device. Broke his back in Tikrit diving through a skylight to tackle a bad guy. "He was fearless in a lot of respects," said his older brother, Peter, the only person who dared to still call him by his childhood nickname of "Jamie. " But Stropas, 32, who grew up in Norristown, went for a late-morning coffee run last June from which he never returned. He was met in the parking lot of the Dunkin' Donuts on Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Delaware County, by Sean Burton, who tracked him down with a global-positioning device and stabbed him dozens of times with an 8-inch butcher knife, severing his carotid artery and a jugular vein.