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February 9, 1994 | by Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer
A Daily News newspaper-delivery driver remains in serious condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania today after being shot in the abdomen yesterday morning during a robbery attempt in West Philadelphia. According to Detective Thomas Strzepek, the victim, John Paul Jones, was preparing to deliver newspapers to a store owner in the 4300 block of Pennsgrove Street when he was approached by two young men. When one of the men produced a pistol and told Jones, 64, of Sicklerville, N.J., it was a holdup, a scuffle ensued, said Strzepek.
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November 29, 1996 | by Yvonne Latty and Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writers
He was a hard-working father of three, an Iranian immigrant just trying to make a living delivering pizza. But the city's mean streets claimed him. Hossien Rafiee, 45, of N. Easton Road, Abington, had just finished delivering pizza in East Mount Airy Tuesday night and was a few steps away from his car when a thug robbed him and pumped a bullet into his head, police said. The killer fled in Rafiee's 1988 Mercury hatchback. The body was discovered when a co-worker at the Golden Crust Pizza Shop on Germantown Avenue near Durham street, became worried when Raffiee failed to return to the shop.
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March 30, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The pizza deliveryman who was shot in the head during a robbery while making a delivery in West Oak Lane on Sunday night died of his injuries yesterday. Abraham Cisse, 26, who lived in an apartment house in the 4700 block of Walnut Street in West Philadelphia, was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Detectives said he had been shot in the forehead. Cisse worked for Papa's Perfect Pizza, which is in a busy strip of stores on Wadsworth Avenue near Provident Street in Cedarbrook.
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June 12, 1997 | By Erin Einhorn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Bucks County jury deliberated for 9 1/2 hours yesterday and Tuesday before convicting Said Bouchala, a pizza delivery man, of assaulting a 14-year-old girl while delivering a dinner of fish and chips. The 34-year-old Algerian citizen, who lives in Bensalem and takes classes at Bucks County Community College, was sentenced to three to 23 months in Bucks County Prison and could face deportation. The girl testified during the trial that Bouchala, who was working at the time for New Village Pizza in Bensalem, came into her home, fondled her breasts and bit her. Bouchala denied the accusations, admitting to entering the house, but nothing more.
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September 19, 2009 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pizza deliveryman shot in the face Thursday night for his food and a few dollars remained in critical condition yesterday as police sought two suspects. The two men who accosted, shot, and robbed the deliveryman were captured by surveillance at a nearby store as they fled, passing a family getting out of a minivan. One suspect is shown running down the street with a white bag, followed by a heavyset man with a shotgun under his arm. Police have not been able to interview the 41-year-old victim, who is at Temple University Hospital.
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April 25, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, VINNY VELLA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
NOBODY REALLY knows what happened when pizza deliveryman Philippe Holland had a run-in with a pair of plainclothes cops in West Philadelphia Tuesday night. But what was clear yesterday in the aftermath of what the city's top cop called a "tragic misunderstanding" was that Holland, 20 - who works two jobs to support himself while attending school - shouldn't have ended up with three bullets in him, lying in a bed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's intensive-care unit, where sources said he is likely to lose an eye. "I don't know if there are really any words other than I'm sorry this whole thing happened," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday afternoon after consoling Holland's mother at his hospital room, packed with relatives and friends.
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January 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man delivering Chinese food was in critical condition Tuesday night after being lured to a vacant property and shot during a robbery in the city's Oxford Circle section, police said. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., police were called to Kindred and Robbins Streets for a reported shooting and found the victim in the 6200 block of Kindred, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The man, described as white and in his late 40s or 50s, had been shot in the left side of his chest, possibly with a shotgun, Small said.
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March 3, 2000 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before his violent death this week, Vincent Green, 33, of Oxford Circle, delivered pizzas at night for extra money to care for his fiancee and two young boys. But he was concerned about his safety, said Amy Cavanaugh, 24, his fiancee. In recent years, he considered carrying a gun. He considered quitting his job. He did neither. Late Tuesday, Green got into his pale-blue 1995 Chevrolet Corsica for a delivery and was ambushed by a gunman who had been hiding in the back seat, police said.
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December 3, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The hearing began Tuesday with 16-year-old Tyquail Duffy confronted with the testimony of 15-year-old Sahmir Walker, both charged in April's robbery and slaying in Crescentville of a deliveryman for a Chinese restaurant. It ended with Duffy being ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the death of 49-year-old Rendong Zheng, Duffy's mother being held for contempt of court after she took a cellphone photo of Walker in the witness box, and Zheng's widow erupting in wails and pounding on the bulletproof glass separating the gallery from the court.
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November 30, 1996 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
For more than 10 years, the Zergani family nurtured their American dream. They turned their shop, Golden Crust Pizza, into a popular Mount Airy eatery where they employed relatives and friends who emigrated from their native Iran. But on Tuesday night, the dream was nearly shattered when one of their own was shot and killed in a robbery as he delivered a pie in Germantown. Yesterday, the family buried Hossin "Moshin" Rafiee, 49, the husband of one of the Zergani sisters.
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August 28, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A second suspect has been charged in the June kidnapping, robbery, and attempted murder of a 34-year-old deliveryman in Kingsessing, police announced Friday. Brian Jones, 22, of the 5500 block of Litchfield Street in Kingsessing, was arrested Thursday as investigators executed a search warrant at his home, police said. Jones tried to flee by jumping out a third-floor window but was caught in the alleyway, police said. He was charged with attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, and related offenses, and was awaiting arraignment Friday afternoon, police said.
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December 3, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The hearing began Tuesday with 16-year-old Tyquail Duffy confronted with the testimony of 15-year-old Sahmir Walker, both charged in April's robbery and slaying in Crescentville of a deliveryman for a Chinese restaurant. It ended with Duffy being ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the death of 49-year-old Rendong Zheng, Duffy's mother being held for contempt of court after she took a cellphone photo of Walker in the witness box, and Zheng's widow erupting in wails and pounding on the bulletproof glass separating the gallery from the court.
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April 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a deliveryman in Crescentville last week. Sahmir Walker, 14, and Tyquail Duffy, 15, both of the 500 block of Hillcreek Circle, were arrested over the weekend, police said Monday. Walker was charged as an adult with murder and related offenses. Duffy was charged as an adult with aggravated assault and related offenses for intimidating a witness close to the case, a law enforcement source said.
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April 26, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A deliveryman was shot and killed in Crescentville late Thursday night, police said. Rendong Zheng, 49, of North Philadelphia, was making a delivery from the New China Restaurant when he was killed by a gunshot to the shoulder. Second District officers responded to a report of gunshots around 10:37 p.m. Friday on the 500 block of Hillcreek Park, a street in a housing development off Rising Sun Avenue. But when they arrived, they saw nothing in the area. Shortly afterward, the Fire Department was called to a one-car accident on the 500 block of Adams Avenue - just outside the development where gunshots had been reported.
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May 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AS PHILIPPE Holland, the pizza deliveryman mistakenly shot by police last week, remains in the hospital, a West Philadelphia community is banding together to help the young man. Although she doesn't know Holland, Alexis Buss, 41, who has lived near where he was shot for two decades, was moved to take action when she heard his tragic story. "I imagine that he could use some no-strings-attached kindness right now," Buss wrote in an email to her neighbors last Thursday, the day after the shooting.
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April 25, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, VINNY VELLA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
NOBODY REALLY knows what happened when pizza deliveryman Philippe Holland had a run-in with a pair of plainclothes cops in West Philadelphia Tuesday night. But what was clear yesterday in the aftermath of what the city's top cop called a "tragic misunderstanding" was that Holland, 20 - who works two jobs to support himself while attending school - shouldn't have ended up with three bullets in him, lying in a bed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's intensive-care unit, where sources said he is likely to lose an eye. "I don't know if there are really any words other than I'm sorry this whole thing happened," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday afternoon after consoling Holland's mother at his hospital room, packed with relatives and friends.
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February 8, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shanna Anderson would later tell prosecutors she warned her husband to be careful. The background noise of children laughing made her "feel something was going on" with the late-night pizza order in Southwest Philadelphia. Ronald Anderson Jr., 29, never returned to Hot Spot Pizza, where he and his wife worked. When he arrived in the 2500 block of Massey Street on Jan. 3, 2012, Anderson found a vacant house. Within seconds, he was rushed, shot three times, and left dead. Four assailants fled with the pizza.
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January 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man delivering Chinese food was in critical condition Tuesday night after being lured to a vacant property and shot during a robbery in the city's Oxford Circle section, police said. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., police were called to Kindred and Robbins Streets for a reported shooting and found the victim in the 6200 block of Kindred, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The man, described as white and in his late 40s or 50s, had been shot in the left side of his chest, possibly with a shotgun, Small said.
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December 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE THREE remaining defendants convicted of taking part in the Jan. 3, 2012, robbery and murder of a pizza deliveryman in Southwest Philadelphia will be sentenced two years to the day of the crime, a judge ruled yesterday. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner set the Jan. 3 sentencing date after one defendant, Rashad Cheeseboro, 25, withdrew his motion to withdraw the guilty plea he signed in June 2012. Cheeseboro and co-defendant Xylaca Devlin, 20, both pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related counts, while Keyona Jones, 20, pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy in the ambush slaying of Hot Spot Pizza driver Ronald Anderson Jr., 29, whom they lured to a vacant house in Elmwood by placing a food order.
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December 7, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pizza deliveryman was shot three times by two men during a stickup while on the job in West Philadelphia early Thursday, police said. The man, an employee of Pete's Pizza in Wynnefield, was delivering a pizza and the bottle of soda to an apartment on the 900 block of North 63d Street about 12:45 a.m. when he was approached by two men shortly after he got out of his car, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. He struggled with his assailants, but one of them pulled out a gun and shot him twice, in the abdomen.
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