July 29, 2014 |
BACK IN April 2008, Kenneth Wiggins, 19, stole more than $1,000 from Qentin Salmond during a dice game in Germantown. Three days later, Salmond, his brother Bernard and their friend Jamil Baynes got revenge on Wiggins in broad daylight. Just before 1 p.m., as Wiggins left Skyline Restaurant on Chew Avenue near Chelten, Qentin Salmond, disguised in a Muslim woman's outfit, and Baynes, wielding a handgun, approached from behind and shoved him to the ground. Baynes then opened fire, fatally shooting Wiggins in the chest.
July 22, 2014 |
Whatever money Terry Ballard and his boyfriend, Justen Smith, had when they arrived in Philadelphia this month had been blown on Fourth of July celebrations, weed, and a trip to Atlantic City, police and friends say. Now, wanting to catch a bus back to Western Pennsylvania - where Ballard, 26, lied to his family about attending college - the pair needed money. So, Wednesday afternoon, Ballard knocked on the door of Rufus and Gladys Perry, who lived two blocks away from his childhood home in Strawberry Mansion.
July 18, 2014 |
JEREMIAH JAKSON was a lousy security guard. He wasn't good at casing robbery victims, either. The 22-year-old Mantua resident was fired last month from AlliedBarton Security Services "due to performance reasons," the company said last night. So he decided last weekend to rob Laura Araujo, 23, a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia who was living in the same rooming home on 40th Street near Brown, police said. Jakson, who has at least four aliases and prior arrests on robbery, theft and gun charges, figured that Araujo had money because she drove a 2011 Toyota RAV4.
July 12, 2014 |
Teens who commit crimes often age out of such conduct by their mid-30s, criminologists say. Apparently, no one told Kevin Green. Green's adult criminal career began at age 18 in 1975. By the late 1980s, he was in one of the city's most feared drug gangs, and was involved in a shooting war with the more-feared "Junior Black Mafia. " Green was 36 when he escaped a life sentence for murder - he got seven to 15 years - in the notorious 1989 shooting of Donald Branch, a Cheltenham computer software expert dining at Tobin's Inn in West Oak Lane.
June 26, 2014 |
A 71-year-old man was robbed and beaten in front of his South Philadelphia home early Tuesday, police said. The man was sitting on the front steps of his home on the 1500 block of Moore Street just after 5 a.m. when two men in their 20s approached. One remained on the north side of the street while the other pushed the victim against the wall, struck him with a gun, and grabbed his backpack, which contained only food. The attacker never fired his gun. After the robbery, he fled west on Moore with the younger man, then north onto 16th Street.
June 20, 2014 |
Two men freed after serving 15 years of their life sentences for the 1995 robbery-murder of a North Philadelphia businessman will not be retried, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. The prosecutors' decision means that for the first time since they were arrested as teenagers in 1998, Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder will not face the prospect of prison. In October, Gilyard and Felder, both 35, were granted new trials in the Aug. 31, 1995, slaying of Thomas Keal, 52. Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi called the evidence against them extremely weak.
June 11, 2014 |
DOUGLASS CASEY, a man wanted for allegedly robbing and sexually assaulting a man he met on the Grindr online-dating app in April, was arrested Saturday. Casey, 26, of Cottage Street near Bridge in Frankford, is facing a slew of criminal charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, robbery, theft and kidnapping for ransom. Casey, who also goes by the name Douglas Spady, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is due in court June 26. Police said that the afternoon of April 9 Casey used the Internet to meet his alleged victim, an out-of-towner attending an education conference and staying at the Center City Hilton Home2 Suites hotel, on Arch Street near 12th.
May 8, 2014 |
MOST ROBBERIES follow a common model: Get the goods and get out. But a trio of punks took their heist to the next level early Monday, when they posed as workers for three hours at a Hess gas station in Eastwick - they even gave discounts on candy, cigarettes and lottery tickets to the customers they "served," pocketing the cash from the sales. "I've been doing this for 23 years; this is the first time I recall an incident like this," Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said.
April 19, 2014 |
NORTHEAST PHILA. The masked gunmen who stole $105,000 from an armored car in broad daylight Thursday have been connected to a similar robbery in October just over a mile away, a law enforcement source said. In Thursday's robbery, two men wearing black bandannas and armed with semiautomatic rifles held up a Garda armored car outside the TD Bank at 6635 Frankford Ave. in Mayfair about 8:55 a.m., police said. In an October robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, two men in Scream masks, also armed with semiautomatic weapons, made off with $300,000 from a Garda car. The source could not specify how investigators made the connection between the heists, but said a "full-court press" continued for the men involved in Thursday's robbery, who police said fled in a stolen van and later got into a white Cadillac Escalade on the 6600 block of Tackawanna Street.
April 4, 2014 |
This story has been updated. A WEST PHILLY couple is accused of kidnapping an elderly woman and draining her bank account Monday, police said. And it may not be the first time they've allegedly preyed on such a victim. Vickson Korlewala, 57, and Lorpu Korlewala, 51, were arrested today and charged with robbery, kidnapping and related offenses after the victim, 80, identified them to detectives from the Southwest Detective Division, a police source said. The pair denied their involvement in the kidnapping.