April 8, 2015 |
Kareem El stole cellphones, a lot of them, and from repeat victims, including the guys he played basketball with in North Philadelphia. On Monday, one of those men admitted being the gunman who lost one phone too many to El and fired five shots into him, killing the 29-year-old as he drove on the Schuylkill Expressway early on Easter morning, April 8, 2012. James R. Alston, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, conspiracy, and two gun charges on what was to have been the start of jury selection in his Common Pleas Court trial.
April 6, 2015 |
IF A MASTER thief ever pens a guide on how to get away with the perfect crime, he'll surely include a footnote or two about Frederick Joseph Jones Jr. It'll be a short entry, containing this crucial warning: Do not leave your wallet at the scene. Jones, 28, made that critical mistake after he allegedly robbed a woman of $140 outside of an Upper Darby Wells Fargo Bank earlier this week, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The police department summed up the situation in a tweet that read like an old telegram: "Mr. Fred Jones-good news-we found your wallet.
August 27, 2014 |
An East Frankford man has been charged with murder after shooting a man he said tried to break into his car, police said Monday. Brian Baur, 56, was arrested Saturday in the death of Richard Hull, 30, of Maple Shade. At 10:19 p.m. Thursday, police said, officers responded to a report of a person with a gun on the 4500 block of Torresdale Avenue, where Baur lives. Baur said he had shot someone who tried to break into his car. Police found Hull unresponsive on the ground. He had been shot once in the back of the head and once in the back, according to a law enforcement source.
August 25, 2014 |
HOMICIDE investigators are probing a shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead in Frankford on Thursday night. Police were called to Josephine Street, a dark, desolate stretch of an alley off Orthodox Street near Torresdale Avenue, at 10:17 p.m. When they arrived, they found the victim, whose name has yet to be released, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Medics pronounced him dead on the sidewalk in the weeded alley. His body was splayed under a white sheet next to a pickup truck that was loaded down with trash bags.
July 20, 2014 |
A leader at a West Philadelphia mosque was arrested for allegedly trying to chop off the hand of a member accused of stealing money from prayer jars, police said Friday. Merv Mitchell, 37, was arrested Thursday night when police executed a search warrant at Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim in the 1100 block of North 63d Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The attack happened after a prayer service Monday morning. Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz, accused the 46-year-old mosque member of the theft.
May 23, 2014 |
IT APPEARED that Dwayne Stewart didn't care whom he ripped off - whether they were longtime homeowners or folks looking to rent apartments. But rip them off he did, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, which last year charged Stewart, 44, with "stealing" five properties, theft from at least 12 additional victims in fraudulent real-estate scams and passing bad checks - including to the city's Recorder of Deeds Office. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Nichols sentenced the house thief to 2 1/2 to five years in state prison followed by 10 years' probation.
April 10, 2014 |
JEFFREY LITTLE, the North Philadelphia man arrested in May 2011 for fatally shooting a Penn State Abington senior during a botched robbery, pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday afternoon. Little, 22, his neck and hands covered with tattoos, signed the plea documents on the day that jury selection was set to begin for his first-degree murder trial in Common Pleas Court. If convicted by a jury, Little, a high-school dropout, would have received a mandatory life-without-parole state prison sentence.
February 11, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA One question will take center stage Monday when Masai Skief is sentenced for embezzling from the charter school he ran: Did he forfeit a chance at a lower sentence by continuing to steal money from the school - even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud? Skief, 32, son of the late founder of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, pleaded guilty in federal court in August to embezzling $88,000 from the charter and from the Harambee Institute, a related nonprofit.
December 28, 2013 |
A man suspected of stealing a pizza-delivery car in South Philadelphia was shot in the arm Thursday night when he allegedly tried to run down officers in an attempt to evade arrest, police said. Shortly after 9 p.m., the 29-year-old man allegedly stole the car, a Honda, at 10th and Catharine Streets in Bella Vista, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The deliveryman had left the Honda running with the keys in the ignition, and the man just drove off with the car, Small said. At 22d Street and Snyder Avenue, police saw the Honda driving north and tried to stop the vehicle, Small said.
December 19, 2013 |
KEVIN HART is mad as hell, and he's not afraid to let the world know. "Don't let the this [sic] bulls--- affect your mental, kids," the Philly-born comedian wrote yesterday in a Twitter post directed at the city's youth. "I love y'all and I will be back shortly. " Hart has to come back because a selfish thief capitalized on his charity. Last month, Hart donated 500 Sony Vaio computers to the city - 200 of which were given to the Parks and Recreation Department, which distributed them to 25 facilities in low-income areas.