February 24, 2014 |
ANOTHER EX-COP who was accused of wrongdoing on the job is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court on Monday. Jeffrey Walker, 45, was arrested in an FBI sting in May after he allegedly stole $15,000 from a drug dealer's home. Walker was a 24-year police veteran who had worked in the Narcotics Field Unit for 14 years. After his arrest, he was fired from the department and is now in federal custody. The feds slapped him with charges of attempted robbery and of carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.
February 23, 2014 |
The FBI and Philadelphia police are on the hunt for a man considered armed and dangerous who is suspected of robbing at least five banks in the last two weeks. Dorren Mills, 43, who uses the aliases of "Damon Hall," "Devon Hall," and "Darren Mills," is believed to have robbed the following banks: TD Bank at 6635 Frankford Ave. on Feb. 12. TD Bank at 1726 Walnut St. on Feb. 14. Wells Fargo Bank at 2005 Market St. on Feb. 17. Citizens Bank at 121 City Ave. in Bala Cynwyd on Feb. 19. TD Bank at 399 Market St. on Feb. 20. Mills stands 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs about 280 pounds, the FBI said.
February 20, 2014 |
A MAN IN North Philadelphia found himself between some rock salt and a hard place last week when someone held him at gunpoint as he cleared snow from the sidewalk, police said yesterday. Daron Stinson, 21, pointed a gun at the 52-year-old man on Diamond Street near Sedgley Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday, police said. But he didn't demand his wallet or his watch - he wanted his rock salt, police said. And it was all caught on video - by Stinson - who then uploaded the footage to social media as part of an apparent string of prank holdups Stinson filmed and posted on his Instagram account, according to police.
February 18, 2014 |
TWO MEN WERE critically wounded in a double shooting early yesterday morning in Kensington. The victims, ages 25 and 29, were on Frankford Avenue near Castor at 1:21 a.m. when both suffered gunshot wounds to the neck, police said. Both men were taken to Temple University Hospital, where they remained last night in critical condition. According to news reports, the men were the victims of a robbery outside a Chinese takeout store and were shot after handing over $40. Officer Jillian Russell, police spokeswoman, said she could not confirm those reports.
February 16, 2014 |
A trio allegedly responsible for a string of convenience-store robberies in Camden and Burlington Counties have been tied to several other holdups - and accused of using the stolen money to buy drugs, authorities said Friday. Elizabeth Albertson and Charles Richards, both 28, and Brian Hawthorne, 26, all of Cinnaminson, were charged. Police said they robbed two stores on Route 73 - a Sunoco on Jan. 14 and a Country Farms store in Maple Shade on Jan. 21. Richards and Hawthorne are accused of robbing the stores at gunpoint, with Albertson as the getaway driver, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said.
February 5, 2014 |
When the phone rang hours before dawn Sunday, Pamela Campbell, barely awake, ran to her daughter's bedroom and banged on the door so hard that she thought it would fall off its hinges. But Melissa Thomas didn't answer. The homicide detective on the other end of the line asked Campbell to describe her daughter. She had a tattoo of her niece's name on her arm, Campbell said, "MOM" splashed across her wrist, a pair of praying hands near her shoulder. She had short hair, always dyed some wild color, changing from blue to green to red on a whim.
January 30, 2014 |
An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect who allegedly made off with $28,000 in gold jewelry during a Montgomery County pawn shop robbery in May. Police have made several attempts to take Ja'Kwan Emarcus Gardner, 22, into custody. His last known address was in the 5900 block of North 4th Street in Philadelphia. The robbery was recorded on surveillance tape and investigators were able to identify Gardner as the suspect. Police said Gardner legally purchased a shotgun the month before the heist.
January 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA On the streets of West Philadelphia, the 14-year-old goes by his nickname, "Jon Jon. " To police, he is known as something else: a repeat offender who likes to rob people with guns near the apartment where he lives with his mother. In August 2012, when he was 13, Jon Jon was arrested for a series of gunpoint robberies near 46th and Market Streets, including the daylight stickup of a Philadelphia Daily News crime reporter. Charged as a juvenile, he told police he used a BB gun in those crimes.
January 22, 2014 |
TROY LONG spent the wee hours of yesterday morning driving across Pennsylvania with only his grief to keep him company. Word had reached him at his home in Pittsburgh that his daughter, Amber Long, had been shot dead late Sunday during a botched robbery in Northern Liberties. "This was the biggest waste of life ever," Long said yesterday outside his daughter's South Philadelphia apartment. "Why these people did this is beyond me. All I can hope is that some day, they get the justice coming to them.
January 17, 2014 |
ANTHONY DeMarco Jr. and Kevin Williams were about the same age and both were Philadelphia residents Oct. 20, 2010 - but that's where the similarities end. DeMarco, 20, had just finished requirements to become a union carpenter and often helped elderly neighbors in his South Philly community, his mother, Maryann DeMarco, said in court yesterday. Williams, then 19, had sold drugs since 17, had completed a juvenile-probation sentence a month earlier and had recently ditched a roofing apprenticeship program.