Archive: January, 2011
Three men barged into a home in Overbrook on Monday night, but the crooks didn’t take anything, police said.
The men stormed into a home on Edgemore Street near Malvern Avenue at 11:37 p.m., authorities said.
The men were sporting ski masks and hooded jackets, police said, and had with them a revolver, a handgun and a semiautomatic weapon.
An unidentified person was robbed in South Philadelphia on Monday night, police said.
The victim was robbed by a man on Delaware Avenue near Oregon about 11:30 p.m.
The thief strong-armed the victim and got away with $40 and credit cards, authorities said.
A man was shot and critically injured in South Philadelphia early Tuesday morning, police said.
The unidentified man was shot in the chest at 8th and Morris streets about 12:40 a.m, authorities said.
He was taken to Jefferson Hospital, where he was in critical condition early Tuesday.
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Police just announced that they have taken into custody Antonio Rodriguez, identified tonight as the Kensington Strangler. Rodriguez was picked up in a home on Mutter Street near Westmoreland in Kensington.
Police said they received a tip about his whereabouts just a few moments after a press conference announcing he was a suspect.
UPDATE, 6 p.m.: Homicide Capt. James Clark just announced that police have linked a 21-year-old man to the sexual assaults and murder of three women in Kensington through DNA evidence.
Once a child slave in his native Liberia, Dardar Paye grew up to be a U.S. Army veteran and a convicted felon.
But early yesterday, Paye's life took one final, violent turn when his dead body was found in the trunk of one of three vehicles that led cops on a pursuit from Trenton into Bucks County, police said.
"He came from an incredibly horrible and violent life, beginning from the moment of his birth right up until his death," said Paye's immigration lawyer, Craig Shagin.
One Philadelphia man did not want his friend to have his cake and eat it too today.
Two friends were in a car on 2nd Street near Callowhill around 2:40 a.m., when the passenger in the vehicle began eating cake the driver had in his car, according to police. This enraged the driver and the two began arguing, a Central Detectives investigator said.
They got out of the vehile and the driver shot his friend once in the chest - all over some cake, according to the investigator.
Update: The child's mother's boyfriend, Joseph Zysk, 27, has been charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses for the death of the 3-year-old boy, Jason Larkin, police said. The cause of his death was multiple blunt force trauma to the body and a lacerated liver, according to police.
The death of a 3-year-old child this weekend in Roxborough has been declared a homicide, police said, and while investigators said that someone was in custody for the death, they remained tight-lipped about who they have charged.
The investigation into the 3-year-old boy’s death early Saturday morning was being handled by the Special Victims Unit until it was taken over today by homicide investigators, police said.
There's a story in today's Daily News about a vigil that was held last night for Rasheedah Wilson, who died along with her three children in a horrific house fire in Feltonville yesterday.
We sometimes can't squeeze everything we have on a particular incident into the paper because of size constraints, so here are a few bits that you won't read in the vigil story:
Linda Kern lived down the street from Rasheedah Wilson. Her 12-year-old daughter, Lena, was close friends with Wilson's girls, Minyan, 11 and Shanai, 8. Every Wednesday, Kern said, she would take Lena, Minyan and Shanai to the Wyoming Avenue Baptist Church, at Front Street and Wyoming Avenue, for kids' activities and dinner.