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November 5, 1993 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man who allegedly led New Jersey police on a high-speed chase early Tuesday has been charged by Philadelphia police with the Oct. 20 carjacking of a woman in University City. During the carjacking, the 25-year-old Drexel Hill woman was sexually assaulted and then shot in the head by her attacker, who left her for dead in a vacant house in North Philadelphia. After her assailant escaped in her car, the woman left the house and had a passerby call police. She was briefly hospitalized.
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November 1, 2002 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police have named a Camden man as the suspect in at least one of two Sunday carjackings in Gloucester County. Joseph A. Simmons, 28, was identified after a Vineland detective recognized him in a surveillance photo circulated to area police departments. Simmons is wanted in the carjacking of Tonya Exler, 28, of Wenonah. Exler had finished shopping with her baby daughter Sunday afternoon at the ShopRite in West Deptford when a man opened the passenger-side door and jumped into the minivan she was driving.
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February 18, 1995 | By Frederick Cusick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael J. Murphy, 20, a Chester city man who injured two elderly women during a carjacking at a Chester County shopping center, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison yesterday. Chester County Court President Judge Thomas Gavin also sentenced Murphy to 10 years of probation. Murphy pleaded guilty last year to robbery and aggravated assault for injuring Marie J. Cleaves, 72, and her sister, Helen Jamison, while stealing their car July 2 at the New Garden Shopping Center, near Kennett Square.
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December 18, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Two suspects were arrested in Atlanta and will be charged with carjacking Hawks forward Shelden Williams at gunpoint. The men have been accused of five armed robberies near Atlanta and are being held at the Douglas County jail, police said yesterday. They are to be charged in Fulton County on Williams' carjacking but first must answer to the charges in Douglas County. The suspects were identified as Bernard Moss and Darius Mathis, each 18 with an Atlanta address. They appeared in court yesterday.
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December 21, 1996 | By Natalie Pompilio, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An accused carjacker refused to go quietly Thursday. He drove away with the victim clinging to the car, got into an accident, fought with two police officers, and punched in a wall before his arrest, police said. Sheron L. Seddens, 20, of Blackwood, was charged with carjacking, automobile theft, two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, and numerous motor-vehicle violations. Police said the episode began about 9:30 p.m., when Seddens stole a car that was parked outside a convenience store on East Church Street.
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June 19, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
A man who carjacked two Indianapolis Colts players with a rifle in an Indianapolis shopping mall was arrested yesterday. Brian Varnado, 20, of Indianapolis, was treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries and then jailed on preliminary charges of carjacking and criminal recklessness, police Sgt. Eric Hench said. Varnado was held without bond pending a court hearing today. Defensive backs Nick Harper and Idrees Bashir said they were talking in the parking lot at Lafayette Square Mall on the city's west side about 9 p.m. on Monday when a man approached them with a semiautomatic rifle.
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April 30, 1996 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The priest watched from a bench in the federal courtroom yesterday as one of his young, drug-addicted abductors was jailed for 30 years without chance of parole. The Rev. Mark Shinn, of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia, had been carjacked, shot and left for dead last year. But Shinn, now fully recovered from a bullet wound to his back and shoulder, had only words of forgiveness for his three attackers, and a foreboding sense that society isn't doing enough to help guide troubled young people.
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February 2, 1998 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
A woman who was sleeping in an idling Mercedes Benz outside a Northern Liberties diner early yesterday morning was rudely awakened by a car thief, police said. The woman, who lives in Collingswood, N.J., and the car were discovered in Sicklerville, N.J., about 9 a.m. yesterday. The woman, whose identity was being withheld by police, was tested to determine if she had been sexually assaulted during her captivity, police said. Cops would not be more specific. According to police, the woman felt ill and went to sleep in the rear seat while riding with Anthony Kirkland, also of Collingswood, and one of his friends.
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August 1, 1995 | By Terri Sanginiti, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 46-year-old Cherry Hill man was carjacked last night in the Woodcrest section of the township, in the fourth reported carjacking in Cherry Hill in July. Authorities said the carjacking occurred shortly after 8 p.m. in the 1700 block of Country Club Drive, when the assailant put a gun to the victim's neck before escaping in the blue 1993 Lincoln Towncar. The vehicle, bearing the Delaware license plate JAMES3, belongs to a fleet leased by James Limousine Service in Cherry Hill.
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April 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
For most people, the 21st birthday is the real beginning of adulthood. But when Jonathan Rosa turned 21 Thursday, it marked his entry into the netherworld of the state prison system: He was given a 45- to 90-year sentence for his role in the 2014 carjacking that ended in a crash that killed a mother and her three children as they sold fruit on a North Philadelphia sidewalk. "I messed up. I have made some very idiotic decisions," Rosa told Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi before she imposed the sentence, negotiated as part of his guilty plea.
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March 3, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The second of two men charged in the 2014 carjacking and high-speed chase that killed a mother and her three children in North Philadelphia pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison. Cornelius Crawford, 25, of Logan, apologized for his role in the events of July 25, 2014, which began when he and an accomplice carjacked and sexually assaulted a real estate agent, and ended at Allegheny and Germantown Avenues with the deaths of Keisha Williams and children Keiearra Williams, 15; Thomas Joseph Reed, 10; and Terrence Williams, 7. The speeding stolen Toyota 4Runner plowed into the family, which was selling fruit to raise money for a church.
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February 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A violent carjacker who posed as a police officer has been sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison. Michael Green, 33, who has been identified as being from Philadelphia and Glenside, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick to 20 years and eight months behind bars for the armed carjacking of three men, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. On the night of Dec. 5, 2012, according to federal prosecutors, Green and an accomplice disguised themselves as police officers with fake police clothing, badges and guns.
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February 5, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
The attorney representing a Logan man charged with carjacking an SUV and plowing it into a fruit stand in North Philadelphia, killing a mother and her three children, says his client is looking to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. Cornelius Crawford, 25, faces charges of murder, sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, and related offenses in the July 2014 case. Prosecutors say he and Jonathan Rosa, 21, carjacked a real estate agent, sexually assaulted her, and drove her vehicle at high speed through North Philadelphia before the car lurched out of control at Allegheny and Germantown Avenues.
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PITTSBURGH - Police here were searching for two young would-be carjackers who were foiled by a clutch. Police have been looking for the pair since Tuesday night, when one of them tapped on a driver's side window with a gun and signaled their intention. The two, wearing ski masks and black hoodies, ordered the 28-year-old driver out of his Subaru Forester and demanded money. When the victim said he had none, they demanded his cellphone and car keys. Police spokeswoman Emily Schaffer says when the victim told the suspect that the Subaru had a manual transmission the perpetrators decided they didn't want it and ran away.
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November 13, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writervellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WEDNESDAY WASN'T the first time Nathaniel Rodriguez allegedly used a gun to ambush and kidnap a terrified woman. In fact, police sources said Thursday night, he's accused of doing the same thing just five days earlier in almost the same location. Rodriguez, 40, was behind bars Thursday night, charged with aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping, firearms violations and related offenses. The list of charges stems from an attack about 6 a.m. Wednesday, when he allegedly confronted a female doctor inside a parking garage on 8th Street near Delancey, across from Pennsylvania Hospital.
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December 21, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Bucks County prosecutors on Friday charged a Doylestown man with falsely reporting a carjacking Monday night, diverting police attention and resources from the manhunt for alleged mass killer Bradley Stone. Luke Sanderlin, 34, faces charges of risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, and making false reports to law enforcement, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Friday. "We contend that he performed an enormous hoax that cost taxpayers a lot of money," Heckler said at a news conference Friday night.
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November 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for three men who they say forced two other men at gunpoint to disrobe in a dark alley in Logan before robbing them of thousands of dollars and stealing their car Thursday night. Police say the two victims, 22 and 25, were getting into the 22-year-old's car around 10:15 p.m. at 18th and Albanus Streets when a man emerged from a side street and pointed a handgun at the 22-year-old's head. Then, police said, two more men ran out of a driveway and pointed guns at the 25-year-old.
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November 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for three men who, they say, forced two other men at gunpoint to disrobe in a dark alley in Logan before robbing them of thousands of dollars and stealing their car Thursday night. Police say the two victims, 22 and 25, were getting into the 22-year-old's car around 10:15 p.m. at 18th and West Albanus Streets when a man emerged from a side street and pointed a handgun at the 22-year-old's head. Then, police said, another two men ran out of a driveway and pointed guns at the 25-year-old.
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October 23, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia real estate agent Tuesday identified a paroled robber as one of two men who carjacked her and then took turns sexually assaulting her during a nightmarish ride that ended in a crash that killed a mother and three of her children. The 45-year-old woman said Cornelius Crawford, 24, forced his way into the front passenger seat of her white 2005 Toyota 4Runner on July 25 at Sixth and Cumberland Streets after she had shown a house. Testifying at Crawford's preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan, the woman said Crawford distracted her by tapping on her front passenger window.
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