August 24, 2016 |
A 13-year-old boy watched in horror Monday as home invaders fatally shot his father during an early-morning robbery in Hunting Park, police said. The boy was the oldest of the victim's six children, ages 5 to 13, all of whom were at home at the time, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. The two gunmen entered the house on the 3700 block of North Seventh Street through a rear kitchen window around 1 a.m., Clark said. Once inside, the men went to a second-floor bedroom, where they found the victim, 36-year-old Hakim Rahman, with his girlfriend and oldest son. "They came in with shotguns demanding money," Clark said.
August 21, 2016 |
An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder for his role in a Germantown Avenue shootout that killed Alsharay Ford, 25, who was driving his 3-year-old daughter home from day care when he was struck by stray gunfire that police said could have killed the child. Jameil Byrd of Germantown was arrested Thursday and remained in custody after he was denied bail, according to court records. Investigators were looking for 19-year-old Saykou Monte of the unit block of East Collom Street, who has been identified as a second suspect in the killing, police said.
August 4, 2016 |
One of two people charged in the December beating death of a longtime block captain in Fishtown has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. James Cheever, 51, of Port Richmond, also pleaded guilty Monday to charges of conspiracy, robbery, and possession of an instrument of crime. Cheever and codefendant Jane Johnson, 47, both knew Kathryn Wilson, 54, who lived alone with two small dogs on the 1300 block of Earl Street. Johnson had cleaned Wilson's house for years and Cheever did odd jobs for her, according to Homicide Capt.
July 21, 2016 |
A man who has violently attacked at least two prostitutes in Kensington over the last month may be responsible for the stabbing and beating death of a prostitute Saturday night in the same section of the city, police said. "They've all been pretty violent, but the last one resulted in murder," Homicide Capt. James Clark said Tuesday. The man, who remains unidentified, approached a 35-year-old woman in Kensington on Saturday night and propositioned her for sex. When the two went to the rear of an abandoned property on the 1900 block of East Cumberland Street, he stabbed the woman with a knife and beat her with a brick, Clark said.
July 20, 2016 |
Philadelphia police believe that two women found dead in a Rhawnhurst motel room Sunday, with their heads covered with plastic bags and their hands tied behind their backs, committed suicide together, authorities said Monday. Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said that while police found both women with bags over their heads, only one of the victims had both arms restrained. The other was found with one arm free, Clark said, suggesting she was able to help the first woman commit suicide before killing herself.
July 7, 2016 |
A Philadelphia man freed from prison in April because of an overturned murder conviction was shot dead last week in North Philadelphia, according to police. George Cortez, 36, incarcerated for four years for a murder his brother is now charged with committing, was found with several gunshot wounds to the chest on the 2300 block of Cleveland Street after 1 a.m. on June 27, police said. He was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital later that morning. Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said Tuesday that it was not immediately clear why Cortez was shot but that police were investigating the possibility that Cortez was targeted by friends of Nafis Murray, the man he was once accused of killing.
June 29, 2016 |
When Paul Kuzan stood naked in the doorway of his Northeast Philadelphia home after allegedly shooting his new wife to death with a high-velocity crossbow Sunday night, it was not the first time he'd exposed himself to the neighborhood lately, according to police and residents. About a week earlier, Kuzan, 41, walked naked to the business plaza across the street from his house on the 3100 block of Willits Road and caused a disturbance inside a mixed martial arts gym, neighbors said.
June 23, 2016 |
A young woman whose tortured and handcuffed body was found near the Mann Center in Fairmount Park last week was killed by two friends over an $800 debt, police said Tuesday. Shavon Armstrong, 39, was charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery, and related offenses Friday in the death of Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester, whose body was found by a young couple along the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive in Fairmount Park about 8:15 a.m. June 14, according to police. "She believed she owed her $800, and because of that she abducted her, tortured her, and killed her," Homicide Capt.
June 22, 2016 |
A woman from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been charged in the murder of a 26-year-old woman whose handcuffed body was found last week in Fairmount Park, police said Monday. Shavon Armstrong, a.k.a. Palliadium Smith, turned herself in at police headquarters on Friday. Police said Armstrong was 39. Court records put her age at 30. She was charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery, and related offenses in the death of Chester resident Toy Charda Bryant. Bryant's body was found June 14 near the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
June 16, 2016 |
A WOMAN'S BODY was found handcuffed, stabbed, and shot in the back of the head Tuesday morning in Fairmount Park, near the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, police said. The woman was identified late Tuesday as Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester. At an earlier news conference, Homicide Capt. James Clark said she had defensive wounds on her hands. Investigators believe her body was dumped in the park Monday night. "I believe she was in a fight for her life," the captain said.