June 12, 2015 |
PENNYE JOHNSON hasn't stopped praying since last Thursday. She prays for her son's soul. She prays for answers to the chaotic night that took his life. But most of all, she prays that the man who was with her son that night, the man who she believes coerced her son into committing a robbery, gets dumped into a jail cell. "If they catch him, every day he goes to court, I'll be there," Johnson told the Daily News yesterday. "I need to learn the part he played in having my son killed.
June 10, 2015 |
Two cousins charged in the kidnapping and torture of a Jewelers Row shop employee were ordered held without bail Monday. But lawyers for Basil Buie, 26, and Salahudin Shaheed, 35, characterized the case against their clients as "thin" and based primarily on testimony from Khayree Gay, 31, a third codefendant with a "motive to lie. " "At this point, we have one source connecting my client to this crime, and it's a complicated source: Mr. Gay," Coley...
June 7, 2015 |
Salahudin Shaheed made six recon trips near National Watch & Diamond Exchange to observe the store's employees, and that was how, authorities said, he identified whom he thought was the owner to rob. But Shaheed had erred. He, along with his cousin Basil Buie, appeared in federal court Friday as details of their arrests in the kidnap and torture of a Jewelers Row employee two months ago emerged. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials said three confidential sources led them to Shaheed and Buie.
May 29, 2015 |
A SOUTH PHILADELPHIA man pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder, robbery and weapons offenses in the 2013 shooting death of a young father during a robbery over the victim's backpack. Tyreek McNeil, 23, shot and killed Jose Gabino Aparicio-Jeranimo, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia, about 4 a.m. Sept. 26, 2013. The victim had gotten off work at the Public House, a Center City bar, and had gone with a friend to the South Philly bakery where Aparicio-Jeranimo's brother, Samuel, worked.
May 28, 2015 |
THEY SEEM YOUNG and friendly, sometimes asking for help. But these two teens, police say, are violent punks too savvy for their own good. Police are scouring North Philly for the suspects, who investigators say are connected to at least six gunpoint robberies near Temple University. "You can say they've done this before. Their behavior isn't that of an amateur," Capt. Frank Banford, head of Central Detectives, said last night. Banford said the robbers, who may be part of a larger ring of thieves, used similar methods in the string of robberies, which took place between May 14 and 20. The final night was the most violent: Police responded to two robberies just five minutes and about five blocks apart.
May 16, 2015 |
More than a dozen Philadelphia men have been charged in a series of home-invasion robberies in Philadelphia and its suburbs over a year and a half. In a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, prosecutors describe an increasingly violent series of crimes. It started with an armed robbery of an Ambler home in which the victims were tied up and ended with the burglarizing of a home in which the victims were forced to strip and were waterboarded, and another burglary in which one of the victims was shot.
May 15, 2015 |
FOR TWO YEARS, a 16-member "serial-robbery gang" based in Philly carried out a string of home invasions, including an elaborate heist in which members posed as police and wig-clad victims. Yesterday, law-enforcement officials announced the arrests of 12 suspected members, ending what authorities called an "audacious crime spree. " Four of the defendants were arrested yesterday morning, said Louis Lappen, first assistant U.S. attorney. The gang's alleged ringleader, Khalil "Lil" Smith, was already in custody from a prior robbery.
May 14, 2015 |
TWO WOMEN accused of helping a pimp kill and then dismember a Northeast Philadelphia man in 2013 after their scheme to rob him went awry pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery and conspiracy and avoided murder convictions. Stephanie Foulke, 23, and Angel Weston, 22, were each immediately sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, plus 2 1/2 years' probation for their crimes, according to court records. Murder and abuse-of-corpse charges against both women were dropped. Foulke and Weston were arrested in 2013 along with Keith Tolbert, 35, in connection with the Aug. 26, 2013, murder of Francis Zarzycki, 40, during the botched robbery.
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.