Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams usually does his crime-fighting in the courtroom. But early Sunday morning, he found himself chasing down a criminal on the street, when an allegedly drunk driver blasted past him and his security detail going the wrong way on a West Philadelphia block.
The incident ended only after Chanae Morris, 24, of Ridgewood Street near 54th in Kingsessing, crashed her 2013 Chevrolet Impala into another car, Williams' spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson and police spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien said. Morris was arraigned this morning and ordered held on $7,500 bail for driving under the influence, criminal mischief, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, Jamerson said.
The 12:51 a.m. incident started when Morris allegedly sped past Williams' security detail on 63rd Street near Girard Avenue. When officers tried to pull Morris over, she ran through several red lights and crashed into a car westbound on Haverford Avenue at 63rd Street, O'Brien said. The driver of that car was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for unspecified injuries. Morris was uninjured; she faces a June 12 preliminary hearing.
Police are searching for the gunman who shot four people outside a corner store in East Germantown Saturday night.
The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. at the corner of 21st Street and Medary Avenue. Police said the victims -- all males ages 15, 16, 17 and 20 -- were standing outside the store when an unknown car stopped at the stop sign and someone began firing from the passenger side.
The victims were struck in the shoulder, butt and legs. The vehicle fled south on 21st Street, police said.
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A woman was wounded when two men opened fire on a backyard party in Frankford Friday night, police said.
Chief Inspector Scott Small said a group of people were hanging out behind a house on Brill Street near Darrah when witnesses say two men walked up and fired five shots into the group. A 41-year-old woman was wounded in the leg, Small said.
A group of tech-savvy Drexel University students who were robbed of their iPhones at gunpoint in West Philadelphia late last night helped police track down the robbers within minutes using an iPhone locator app.
Police said the students, who were approached by a man and a woman armed with handguns on Powelton Street near 32nd shortly after 10 p.m., were five of 11 people robbed by the same assailants in the span of about two hours last night.
In last night's first robbery, around 8:30 p.m., a rowing coach and a student-athlete from New York's Clarkson University were approached by two men and a woman who brandished handguns on Sansom Street near 45th, Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division said. The trio put the gun in the victims' faces and threatened to shoot them, then fled with a wallet and an iPhone, investigators said.
A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after police say he was shot several times in West Philadelphia's Belmont Section early Thursday evening.
Cops responded to Hutton Street near Parrish just after 6 p.m. and found the victim sitting in the driver's seat of a tan Chevy Impala that had crashed into concrete steps in front of a rowhouse on the block. He was bleeding from at least three gunshot wounds to the upper torso and shoulder, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in critical condition and undergoing surgery around 7:30 p.m.
A man was critically wounded in a shooting on a Southwest Philadelphia basketball court Thursday afternoon.
Shots rang out on the basketball court near 68th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Elmwood shortly before 5 p.m. The 25-year-old man was hit once in the buttocks, and the bullet traveled into his stomach, police said.
He was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition. There was no word on what led to the shooting.
Three women were busted earlier this week for allegedly turning tricks in a motel near Philadelphia International Airport, police said Thursday.
Philadelphia police’s City Wide Vice Enforcement Unit was notified earlier this month by the FBI of prostitution going on In hotels and motels near the airport that were also connected with robberies in the area, according to police.
Undercover Philadelphia cops began investigating, and on Wednesday afternoon, police said, one of them was solicited by a prostitute in a motel on Tinicum Boulevard near 86th Street. Police arrested Heather Marrocco, 22, of Pine Hill, N.J. there, and she has been charged with prostitution and related offenses.
The pharmacist shot after he chased down his armed robber last month in Society Hill was discharged from the hospital this week. Police released a sketch of the gunman yesterday, in hopes the public can help identify him.
The victim, 35, was walking east on Lombard Street between Third and Fourth at 9:50 p.m. April 29 when two men approached him, demanded his cellphone and then fled on foot after the victim complied, said Lt. Patrick Doherty of Central Detectives.
The victim chased his attackers down, sticking with the one who had his cellphone when the thugs ran in opposite directions, Doherty said. When the good guy cornered the bad guy in a courtyard on Lawrence Street north of Pine, the thief fired once, hitting the pharmacist in the chest near his shoulder.
A man racing a dirt bike illegally in Hunting Park mowed down a 5-year-old boy Sunday, leaving the tot with a broken collarbone and ribs, police said.
Instead of coming to the injured boy’s aid, the dirt-biker’s two dirt-biking pals stopped to help their friend back onto his toppled bike and then all three sped off, leaving the boy’s mother screaming for help.
The hit-and-run happened at 5:05 p.m. in a grassy area at Ninth and Cayuga streets, near the park’s entrance, police said. The boy was standing next to his mother’s parked car, waiting to climb inside, when the three dirt-bikers roared toward him, police said. After he was hit, he was rushed to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he remains in serious but stable condition.
Police have charged a third man with murder in the February robbery and murder of a Grays Ferry man.
Clyde J. Johnson, 24, of Ingersoll Street near 19th in North Philly, got locked up yesterday for allegedly helping Mark Richardson, 31, and Bryant Johnson, 30, rob and kill Anthony Wright, 42, of Wharton Street near 30th, on Feb. 5 on Lehigh Avenue near 16th street in North Philly, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.
Police arrested Richardson, of 12th Street near Grange Avenue in Fern Rock, in March and Bryant Johnson, of Union near Poplar in North Philly, in early April, O'Brien added. The Johnsons are not related.