December 3, 2015 |
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.
April 29, 2015 |
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.
April 26, 2015 |
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.
May 2, 2014 |
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.
April 25, 2014 |
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.
February 8, 2014 |
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.
January 30, 2014 |
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.
December 13, 2013 |
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.
December 7, 2013 |
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.
December 6, 2013 |
WILLIAM ANDERSON'S grandparents had only one question last night as they sat in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "Why?" Why would a group of armed thugs attack their grandson, a delivery driver for a Wynnefield pizzeria who police say has never had a run-in with the law? The short answer, according to police, is greed: The three men called Pete's Pizza, on 54th Street near Arlington, at 1 a.m. yesterday looking to rob one of the restaurant's drivers. Anderson, 30, answered that call, arriving at an apartment complex on 63rd Street near Jefferson in Overbrook to find a group of at least three attackers waiting for him. "They definitely had this planned," said Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division.