Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Cops nab 2 men in motel shootout

A beef between two guys from opposite ends of the city led to bullets flying in a Rhawnhurst motel in March, police said.

And the gunmen accused of opening fire on each other are now in police custody.

Vincent Jackson, 30, and Adonis Fountain, 19, were arrested Thursday, police said. Both face aggravated assault and related offenses for allegedly waging a running gunbattle inside the Roosevelt Motor Inn, on Roosevelt Boulevard near Napfle Street, on March 31.

Jackson, of Wharton Street near 31st in Grays Ferry, is also charged with corruption of minors and related offenses after allegedly operating a prostitution ring inside the motel, police said.

While at "work" in the motel, a friend called Jackson to say that Fountain, of Carnation Street near Washington Lane in East Germantown, had just strolled into the motel, police said.

The two were in the middle of a major dispute, so Jackson apparently thought it would be a good idea to confront the teen while he had the chance.

In dynamic surveillance footage distributed by police in the wake of the shooting, two men are seen firing at each other in one of the motel's cramped hallways as bystanders duck and flee.

Police said that footage, plus assistance from a witness, lead to the two arrests in the case.

Both men remained in police custody last night, in lieu of their bail, set at $750,000 and $1 million for Fountain and Jackson, respectively, according to court records.

Sales pitch was anything but 'natural'

A brazen robber claiming to be a representative for a "natural-food company" entered a Havertown woman's house at gunpoint earlier this month and ransacked the place for about an hour while the victim watched in fear, according to police.

The suspect and his partner stole about $500,000 worth of jewelry from the home on Foxfields Road near Southwinds Drive after breaking in about 6 p.m. June 12, police said.

The victim told police that when she heard a knock that night, she yelled through the door to ask what the individual wanted. The man told her that he was from a natural-food company. When she opened the door, he brandished a handgun and demanded her "husband's watches," according to a press release.

The man then forced his way in to the home and up to the second-floor master bedroom, where he began to take jewelry, police said. After making a brief call, a second man showed up and began to ransack another bedroom, according to police.

The first suspect is described as a white man in his early 30s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build and dark-and-curly hair. He was wearing aviator glasses, gloves and jeans. The second man is described as a white man with a stocky build who wore a gray hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to call Haverford Township Detective Stephen Laughlin at 610-853-1298, ext. 1239, or call the department's anonymous tipline at 610-853-9213.

- Stephanie Farr and Vinny Vella

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