Cops collar another suspect in 2009 double slaying at Piazza

Rian Thal, inset, was shot and killed June 27, 2009, outside her apartment at The Piazza at Schmidts in what police say was a botched drug robbery. (File photo: Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer)

Sixteen months after a drug-motivated double slaying at the Piazza at Schmidts, Philadelphia police yesterday arrested another man in the ambush at the upscale high-rise in Northern Liberties.

Caesar Holloway, 34, was charged with murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy and related offenses in the June 27, 2009, killings of Rian Thal and Timothy Gilmore, police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said. His arraignment is set for Nov. 17.

Authorities already had charged five other men and a woman with various offenses in the attack, including Donnell Murchison, Edward Daniels, Antonio Wright, Keith Epps, Langdon Scott and Katoya Jones. The incident started as a drug robbery; Thal, 34, was a party planner-turned-drug dealer, and Gilmore, 40, a Detroit firefighter-turned-drug dealer.

Court records show Holloway had two prior arrests for gun offenses that didn't result in conviction. In 1995, he pleaded guilty in a theft case that resulted in two years of probation, according to records.