September 10, 2015 |
More than a decade before Philadelphia police say DNA linked Rafael Crespo to the 1996 rape and slaying of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, detectives had another suspect - her boyfriend. Maldonado's friends said she had broken up with Christian Vrabec, a classmate at Franklin Learning Center, the day before she disappeared. And James Moses, one of Vrabec's Kensington buddies, told detectives that Vrabec had confessed to him that he killed the teenager. On Tuesday, Moses nervously admitted that he'd made it all up. "I felt threatened," Moses testified at Crespo's nonjury murder trial.
August 26, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have identified two men killed in separate incidents over the weekend. Just after midnight Friday, police officers found Justin Jones, 37, slumped in the drivers' seat of a white BMW 740i on the 4400 block of Longshore Avenue in Tacony. Jones had been shot multiple times in his upper chest. He was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later by medics. Police said the motive in the case had not yet been determined, and no arrests had been made. On Saturday about 1 a.m., police responded to a report of a man with a gun on the 5400 block of Norfolk Street in West Philadelphia.
August 8, 2015 |
Police have asked for the public's help in identifying a man who twice attacked a woman on a South Philadelphia residential street last week, the second time as she took pictures of him. The assaults were captured on surveillance video, which the department posted on Thursday on its YouTube channel. The victim, 28, was walking home from a store about 3 a.m. July 31 when the attacks happened on the 700 block of Passyunk Avenue. Video shows the man quickly crossing from one side of Passyunk to the other to get to the woman, who begins to run. She did not get far before the man caught up with her and threw her to the ground.
August 4, 2015 |
Police on Sunday identified victims who were fatally shot in three separate cases around the city over the weekend. In the first shooting, in the 1600 block of Staub Street in North Philadelphia, James Brown, 25, of the 2000 block of Oakford Street, was found lying on the street around 1:30 a.m. Friday, police said. A caller summoned police to the scene after seeing a person with a gun. Brown had gunshot wounds to the chest and right side of the neck. Medics took Brown to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. Later that day, 30-year-old Jamaya Dogan was discovered unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds on the sidewalk in the 1900 block of Mount Street in Kensington.
July 22, 2015 |
FORMER Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. remembers his office's 2005 investigation into claims of sexual misconduct by Bill Cosby. "At the time I thought he was guilty, and I certainly haven't changed my mind about that," said Castor, now a county commissioner. "His statements were vague and imprecise and not responsive to the questions. " Nonetheless, his office declined to file charges against Cosby, Castor said yesterday, due to a lack of forensics and alleged victim Andrea Constand's fuzzy recollection of the January 2004 night the alleged assault took place.
July 5, 2015 |
Philadelphia police on Friday identified two officers who shot and critically wounded a man who was having a seizure in May, the first time under a new policy that the department has identified officers involved in a shooting. The officers, Michael Minor and Robert Hoppe, fired at Rudolph Keitt after he led police on a chase beginning in Northwest Philadelphia and struck four officers with his car, police said. Keitt has since been declared mentally incompetent, and his attorney said he suffers from schizophrenia.
June 29, 2015
POLICE HAVE identified two men they say were out "hunting" another man when they opened fire on a crowded street and injured 10 in the city's Mantua section last week. The alleged gunmen, Dominic Lamar, 23, of Brown Street near 51st in the Mill Creek section of West Philly, and an accomplice, Kyleif Harvey, 23, of Poplar Street near 38th in West Philly, drove around the Mantua neighborhood on Ogden Street near 41st several times last Saturday, hunting for their victim, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
June 28, 2015 |
Police identified two men wanted in the shotgun attack at a West Philadelphia cookout last weekend that wounded 11 people, including a 1-year-old girl. Dominic Lamar, 23, of the 5100 block of Brown Street, and Kyleif Harley, 23, of the 3800 block of Poplar Street, were charged in a warrant with attempted murder and related offenses. Authorities say they fired two shotgun blasts in the 4100 block of Ogden Street shortly before 10 p.m. June 20. Members of a family were having a party for their parents when the men approached and started shooting, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
May 28, 2015 |
Doctors at Crozer-Chester Medical Center are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who was brought to the hospital two months ago. The man was in stable but serious condition Wednesday afternoon. He was found March 26 injured and unconscious in a park near a residence at 121 Sayres Neck Road in Bridgeton, N.J., said Grant Gegwich, vice president of public relations and marketing for Crozer-Keystone Health System. Gegwich said the man may have been injured in a fire at the residence.
May 11, 2015 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a Hunting Park man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting one woman and trying to do the same with another early May 1. Police identified the man as Manuel Cintron, 24, of the 4000 block of North Sixth Street. The first incident took place at 4:20 a.m., police said, when a man threatened a woman with a handgun at 12th and Ruscomb Streets in Logan. Police said he tried to force the woman into his car and parked at the corner, but she fought him off, ran to a SEPTA bus for help, and then told police of the incident.