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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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July 29, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
PHILADELPHIA police last night were questioning two men in connection with a carjacking Friday that killed three children at a fruit stand, critically injured their mother and broke the city's heart. "We are talking to two persons of interest as we speak," Homicide Captain James Clark said shortly after 9 p.m. He did not identify the men, but said that a news conference might be held today. Sources told 6ABC that one man turned himself in yesterday with his mother and a pastor, and that another man was picked up by U.S. Marshals and Philly police around 8 p.m. on 6th Street near Cambria, in the Fairhill section of North Philly.
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July 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said detectives were still questioning "two persons of interest" Monday and no charges have been filed yet. Philadelphia police were questioning two "persons of interest" Sunday night in the carjacking and crash that killed three children in North Philadelphia on Friday and gravely injured their mother. Homicide Capt. James Clark declined to identify the two men but said they were being questioned by homicide detectives. That was shortly after 9:30 p.m. One of the men being questioned had been picked up by police at an address in the 2900 block of North Sixth Street, police sources said.
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July 29, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, were arraigned in a matter of minutes early Tuesday night and both were ordered held without bail on a list of charges, including three counts of murder each. Earlier Story Two men have been charged with murder and sexual assault in connection with last week's carjacking that killed three North Philadelphia children and left their mother fighting for her life. Jonathan Rosa, 19, of Fairhill, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, of Logan, were also charged Monday with robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, and related offenses - including sexually assaulting the woman they allegedly carjacked Friday morning.
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July 28, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, SOLOMON LEACH & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THREE SIBLINGS were killed yesterday morning, kids cut down by two selfish punks who cared more about a car than the lives they tore apart. Police last night scoured the city for the carjackers, a black man and a Hispanic man, who stole an SUV at gunpoint in North Philadelphia and took it and its unwilling owner on a high-speed joyride just after 11 a.m. The spree ended about 15 minutes later with a violent crash on the corner of Germantown Avenue...
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July 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
As shade fell Saturday evening on the grassy lot where three siblings were killed by the driver of a carjacked vehicle the day before, a group of 50 people gathered for one purpose - prayer. They prayed for the children, whom many in the crowd had never met; for their mother, clinging to life in a hospital bed; and for themselves. For a half-hour, they cupped their hands around flickering candles, nodded as ministers preached about unfathomable tragedy, and joined in hymns as a guitarist lightly strummed.
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July 27, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three children who had been selling fruit to raise money for a playground were killed in North Philadelphia on Friday morning after two men carjacked an SUV and drove it into a crowd, police said. Police identified the victims as 15-year-old Kiera Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Williams. The children were at a stand near Germantown and Allegheny Avenues, police said. Three other people were injured, including the children's mother, Keisha Williams, 34, who was "fighting for her life," said Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison.
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June 7, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man who stole a Camden police cruiser and led officers on a wild chase across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge with his girlfriend pleaded guilty Thursday in Camden to carjacking and eluding. Blake Bills, 25, of Macungie, Pa., had already pleaded guilty in Philadelphia in October to an array of charges connected to the three-day, drug-fueled crime spree. Police said it began March 3, 2013, when a Camden cruiser rolled over while chasing Bills and Shayna Sykes, 24, after an alleged drug deal.
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May 17, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wife of the mayor of Chester was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday night in front of her home, and a suspect was caught hours later - with his pants down. Jourdeana Linder was parked in the 500 block of Reaney Street about 9:30 when she was approached by two men on foot, police said. One man pointed a gun at Linder, told her to "keep quiet," and demanded her purse. Linder dropped her pocketbook and ran, according to court documents. Linder was not injured, according to a statement issued by Summer Freeman, spokeswoman for Mayor John Linder.
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May 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LAMAR RAYSON, who has lived in federal prison since 2007, wasn't going anywhere for decades. But yesterday, he learned that he's likely to die behind bars. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Alice Dubow sentenced him to 37 1/2 to 75 years in state prison for a 2004 Christmas Eve home-invasion robbery and rape in Wissinoming, Pa. Rayson, 29, will begin serving that sentence after he completes a 32-year sentence in federal prison that he received for his role in five armed robberies of city businesses in 2005, and a 2006 armed carjacking in Germantown.
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