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Mass Shooting Victim Charged As Suspect: Philadelphia Police Mass Shooting Victim Charged As Suspect: Philadelphia Police
Mass Shooting Victim Charged As Suspect: Philadelphia Police One of the nine people shot in West Philadelphia on Sunday, July 21 is now considered a suspect by city police, authorities said.  Tahir Shoatz, 28, is charged with three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder plus related offenses, said PPD Commissioner Kevin Bethel on Tuesday, July 23.  Regarding the Triple Murder/Shooting that occurred on 1200 N Alden St., @PhillyPolice Detectives, w/ assistance from the @philadao have developed evidence to charge one of our shooting victims, a 28/M, with 3-counts of murder, 5-counts of attempted murder and related offens…
Mass Shooting Leaves 3 Killed In Philadelphia: Police Mass Shooting Leaves 3 Killed In Philadelphia: Police
Mass Shooting Leaves 3 Killed In Philadelphia: Police Three people are dead after nine people were at a party in Philadelphia on Sunday morning, July 21, PPD Homicide Unit announced later that day.  Multiple shooters are sought following the nonuple shooting in the 1200 block of North Alden Street around 2 a.m., police explained in the release.  Officers learned of the shooting within 2 minutes, responding to a report of a person with a gun and a report of a shooting on Alden Street. They arrived to find the nine victims. Their conditions are as follows: A 33-year-old Black man was pronounced deceased on scene by Medics at at 2:1…
Trafficker Who Mailed Hundreds Of Pounds Of Coke From PR To South Jersey, Philly Gets 10 Years Trafficker Who Mailed Hundreds Of Pounds Of Coke From PR To South Jersey, Philly Gets 10 Years
Trafficker Who Mailed Hundreds Of Pounds Of Coke From PR To South Jersey, Philly Gets 10 Years 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A manager of a crew that purchased hundreds of pounds of cocaine in Puerto Rico that they shipped to South Jersey and Philadelphia via overnight mail was sentenced to a plea-bargained 10 years in federal prison. Philly resident Jose Gonzalez, 51, and his co-conspirators flew to San Juan on dozens of commercial flights from Philadelphia International Airport, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Phillip Sellinger said. They paid cash there for multi-kilo quantities of coke, then used overnight delivery from U.S. Post Office branches in San Juan to ship it to various addresses in Philade…
SWAT STANDOFF: Man Standing On Church Steeple Points Long Gun At Officers In Philly, Police Say SWAT STANDOFF: Man Standing On Church Steeple Points Long Gun At Officers In Philly, Police Say
SWAT Standoff: Man Standing On Church Steeple Points Long Gun At Officers In Philly, Police Say A barricade situation involving a man standing on a church steeple was unfolding Monday night, May 13 in Philadelphia, police said. Officers were dispatched to a church on the 700 block of E Cornwall Street around 8:15 p.m. for a man, believed be under the influence of drugs, standing on the steeple of a church, city police said. Google Maps Upon arrival, the man pointed a long gun at the officers, leading to the declaration of a barricade situation at 8:41 p.m., police said.  The staging area is at G & Westmoreland, with SWAT and Tactical Air units on location. This is a devel…
PA Mom Fatally Hits Toddler Daughter With Car: Police (UPDATED) PA Mom Fatally Hits Toddler Daughter With Car: Police (UPDATED)
PA Mom Fatally Hits Toddler Daughter With Car: Police (Updated) A  woman fatally struck her daughter with her car in Philadelphia's Crescentville neighborhood on Wednesday evening, May 8, the police told Daily Voice.   The 31-year-old woman was driving a Chevrolet Traverse when she struck the 2-year-old girl in the 200 block of Comly Street around 5:30 p.m., PPD explained.   The toddler was taken to Einstein Hospital in critical condition and later died, according to police.  An investigation into this deadly incident is ongoing. Check back here for possible updates. 
Fifth Suspect In Custody For Philly Mass Shooting That Injured 8 Teens: Police Fifth Suspect In Custody For Philly Mass Shooting That Injured 8 Teens: Police
Fifth Suspect In Custody For Philly Mass Shooting That Injured 8 Teens: Police Philadelphia police have named a fifth suspect in the mass shooting at a SEPTA bus stop on March 6.  Fifteen-year-old Jeremiah Jefferson is in police custody, PPD confirmed to Daily Voice.  The shooting took place at school dismissal and sent eight teenagers to the hospital – including one 16-year-old in critical condition, who police believe was the intended target of the attack.  Four other suspects are in custody for the shooting: 17-year-old Asir Boone, 19-year-old Jermahd Carter, 18-year-old Jamaal Tucker, and 17-year-old Ahnile Buggs.  Asir Boone&nb…
Philadelphia Teen Has Been Missing Since February, Police Say Philadelphia Teen Has Been Missing Since February, Police Say
Philadelphia Teen Has Been Missing Since February, Police Say Authorities in Philadelphia are looking for a missing child.  Vanessa DeJesus, 14, was last seen on the 2200 block of Cambria Street at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, according to city police.  She is 5-foot-4, 130 pounds, and was last spotted wearing a school uniform, PPD said.  Anyone with information should call 215-686-3252 or dial 911. 
KIDNAPPED: Thief Steals Car  With PA Woman Sleeping Inside, Authorities Say KIDNAPPED: Thief Steals Car  With PA Woman Sleeping Inside, Authorities Say
Kidnapped: Thief Steals Car With PA Woman Sleeping Inside, Authorities Say A 34-year-old woman was abducted when a thief stole the car she was sleeping in early Monday morning, March 4, according to Philadelphia police.  It happened on the 800 block of East Allegheny Avenue in Kensington just before 2 a.m., the department said.  Investigators believe the carjacker stole the silver 2012 Buick Verona and fled north on the 3200 block of G Street. The woman was found safe by 11 a.m., but the suspect is still sought, police said.   He is described as thin with a light complexion and was wearing a mask, a black puffer coat with the hood up, and blac…
Officer Hospitalized, Driver Killed After Pinning Patrolman With Car: PPD Officer Hospitalized, Driver Killed After Pinning Patrolman With Car: PPD
Officer Hospitalized, Driver Killed After Pinning Patrolman With Car: PPD A driver was shot dead by an officer after pinning the patrolman to a wall with his car, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel announced in a press conference late on Thursday night.  The patrolman had been conducting a solo traffic stop at F Street and Roosevelt Blvd but pursued the driver to Adams and Newtown avenues in the 25th District, the Crescentville neighborhood, just after 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, Commissioner Kevin Bethel detailed. That's where the driver drove into the officer, pinning him by his legs between a vehicle and a wall of the bridge outside Tacon…
Family Killed, Carbon Monoxide Possible Cause, Philadelphia Police Say Family Killed, Carbon Monoxide Possible Cause, Philadelphia Police Say
Family Killed, Carbon Monoxide Possible Cause, Philadelphia Police Say A family of three is suspected to have been killed by carbon monoxide in Philadelphia, police said. Firefighters and police officers were called to perform a wellness check on the family in a home on the 4000 block of Ashburner Street at 12:53 p.m. on Feb. 15, according to a PPD. They found a 47-year-old mom, the 56-year-old dad, and their 12-year-old daughter unresponsive, city police detailed in the release. The family was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:40 p.m., the PPD explained. Their names were not immediately released. Carbon monoxide is "suspected as the cause of death," b…
Man Charged Walmart Employee Sexually Assault in Philly, Police Say Man Charged Walmart Employee Sexually Assault in Philly, Police Say
Man Charged Walmart Employee Sexually Assault in Philly, Police Say A man has been charged following a sexual assault at a Walmart, Philadelphia Police announced on Friday, Feb. 2. Corey Lamar Elickson of the 1700 block of North 32nd Street, has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Indecent Assault, and related offenses in connection with the indecent assault of an employee in the South Philly Walmart store on Jan. 8, according to the PPD release. The police believed the man (pictured) "is responsible for a sexual assault against an employee at the Walmart" as stated in a release. The 21-year-old surrendered to PPD on Thursd…
Escaped PA Murder Suspect's Getaway Driver Arrested, Police Say Escaped PA Murder Suspect's Getaway Driver Arrested, Police Say
Escaped PA Murder Suspect's Getaway Driver Arrested, Police Say The man who was spotted security footage at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia driving the getaway vehicle that helped a teenage murder suspect escape custody has been arrested, Philadelphia police announced on Friday morning.  Michael Diggs, 18, was allegedly seen driving the same cream-colored Ford from the video at CHOP that murder suspect Shane Pryor fled in around 11:54 a.m. on Jan. 24, according to PPD.  Michael Diggs was later spotted in the vehicle and taken in for questioning, as detailed in a police release. After which, he was charged with hindering…
Dad Who Left 3-Month-Old Infant Girl At Pennsylvania Walmart Turns Himself In, Police Say Dad Who Left 3-Month-Old Infant Girl At Pennsylvania Walmart Turns Himself In, Police Say
Dad Who Left 3-Month-Old Infant Girl At Pennsylvania Walmart Turns Himself In, Police Say A dad has turned himself over to the police in connection with a 3-month-old baby girl who was found at a Walmart in Philadelphia following a "theft in progress," police announced on Friday evening.  Alganon H. Muhammed, 22, originally of Concord Township, Delaware County, PA, most recently of Delaware, according to public records, "surrendered to police on January 26th," PPD stated in a release. He reportedly was one of the two Black men with a white woman who were allegedly shoplifting at the Walmart located at 4301 Byberry Road on Thursday, Jan. 18, authorities said. When the secur…
Teen Prisoner Escapes Police Custody In Philadelphia: Authorities Teen Prisoner Escapes Police Custody In Philadelphia: Authorities
Teen Prisoner Escapes Police Custody In Philadelphia: Authorities A teenager escaped police custody in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 24, and is considered "dangerous," authorities say.  Shane Pryor, 17, fled from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) emergency room parking lot at 34th & Spruce streets just before noon, said PPD.  6abc reports he was being held on murder, conspiracy, and firearms offenses.  He was last seen headed toward University Avenue and Civic Center Boulevard, the department said. Pryor was wearing a blue sweater, blue sweatpants, and no shoes.  He is described as 5-foot-7 and …
PA Native Amanda Seyfried Goes On Police Ride Along In Philly's Kensington Neighborhood PA Native Amanda Seyfried Goes On Police Ride Along In Philly's Kensington Neighborhood
PA Native Amanda Seyfried Goes On Police Ride Along In Philly's Kensington Neighborhood Amanda Seyfried stopped by the Philadelphia Police Department's 26th District this week.  The "Mean Girls" actress joined author Liz Moore for a ridealong in Philly's Kensington section on Tuesday, Jan. 23, according to officers.  Seyfried will play the lead role in a TV adaptation of Moore's book, "Long Bright River,” in which a Philly cop searches for her missing sister in Kensington, police said.  Seyfried, 38, was born and raised in Allentown and graduated from William Allen High School in 2003, according to her online bio. 
Four Nabbed In Thefts Of $1.6M In Electronics From 55 UPS Locations Across NJ, NY, PA, Beyond Four Nabbed In Thefts Of $1.6M In Electronics From 55 UPS Locations Across NJ, NY, PA, Beyond
Four Nabbed In Thefts Of $1.6M In Electronics From 55 UPS Locations Across NJ, NY, PA, Beyond Four Philadelphia men wanted for a burglary spree through 55 UPS warehouses across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond were captured by federal agents this week, authorities announced. The quartet and at least three accomplices who are still at large stole an estimated $1.6 million in electronics over a two-year span beginning in January 2021, they said. The four currently in federal custody are charged with conspiracy to commit cargo theft, US Attorney for New Jersey Philip R. Sellinger said on Friday, Nov. 17. All four had been arrested and released at one time or other since …
Eddie Irizarry Killing: Murder Charges Reinstated Against Ex-Philly Cop Eddie Irizarry Killing: Murder Charges Reinstated Against Ex-Philly Cop
Eddie Irizarry Killing: Murder Charges Reinstated Against Ex-Philly Cop A Philadelphia judge has reinstated the criminal charges against an ex-police officer related to the August killing of 27-year-old Eddie Irizarry, according to multiple news outlets and court records.  Former PPD officer Mark Dial was charged with murder, aggravated assault, official oppression, and related counts after he shot Irizarry dead during a traffic stop in Kensington on Aug. 14.  Dial originally told investigators he shot Irizarry after the 27-year-old lunged at him with a knife, though his body camera footage later revealed Irizarry never got out of his car.  He w…
Decomposed Body Could Be Connected To Missing PA Mom Heading To NJ Decomposed Body Could Be Connected To Missing PA Mom Heading To NJ
Decomposed Body Could Be Connected To Missing PA Mom Heading To NJ Human remains found in a Germantown home on Tuesday, Oct. 17 may be those of a missing Philadelphia woman, according to her loved ones.  City police and FBI agents made the grisly discovery in the basement of a residence on the 400 block of East Penn Street, authorities confirmed to Daily Voice.  The victim has not been officially identified, but loved ones say the body was that of missing 39-year-old Javitta Ren Brockington.  Thank you for all who prayed and shared the posts about Javitta. Her body was found 😢. Please pray for her family and... Posted by Courtney Lyneé on Wednesday,…
Philadelphia Police Name Officer Killed In Airport Shooting (UPDATED) Philadelphia Police Name Officer Killed In Airport Shooting (UPDATED)
Philadelphia Police Name Officer Killed In Airport Shooting (Updated) Two Philadelphia police officers were shot — one fatally — while in the parking garage at the Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday night. Officer Richard Mendez, a 50-year-old with 22 years in the department, was hit multiple times and died from his wounds, PPD brass said at a Friday evening press conference.  Officer Raul Ortiz, 60, was hit once in the arm and is in stable condition at Jefferson Hospital, according to Interim Commissioner John Stanford. The shooting happened shortly after the men arrived for their shift at the airport around 11 p.m. on Oct. 13, Stanford said. …
Philly DJ Dies After Shooting Outside Nightclub: Report Philly DJ Dies After Shooting Outside Nightclub: Report
Philly DJ Dies After Shooting Outside Nightclub: Report A Philadelphia DJ died from his wounds after being shot leaving a Center City venue last week, 6abc reports.  John Hershock was attacked on Appletree Street behind Tango nightclub early on Wednesday, Oct. 4, the outlet said. The 38-year-old was reportedly hospitalized on life support and succumbed to his injuries on Friday, Oct. 6.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by John Hershock (@dj_hershock) "My big brother. My first and oldest friend," his sister Heather Hershock-McElroy wrote on Facebook. "This will never make sense. I will sp…
Man In Critical Condition, 3 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot (UPDATE) Man In Critical Condition, 3 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot (UPDATE)
Man In Critical Condition, 3 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot (Update) Following a domestic incident, a man was waiting for officers to arrive so he could open fire, Interim Police Commissioner John Stanford said in a press conference late on Wednesday night.  Standford explained that the domestic situation began when a dad became agitated over his 12-year-old son playing a video game on Oct. 4.  The boy and his uncle turned off the game and went to the second floor of their home in the 7500 block of Whitaker Avenue. But the dad followed his son and shot the uncle.  That's when the boy called 911 — while his dad, with a gun still in his hand, went to the fro…
'CRIMINAL OPPORTUNISTS': 20+ Arrested For Looting In Philly, Police Say 'CRIMINAL OPPORTUNISTS': 20+ Arrested For Looting In Philly, Police Say
'Criminal Opportunists': 20+ Arrested For Looting In Philly, Police Say Twenty or more people are in police custody after a group of "criminal opportunists" looted stores in Center City and elsewhere Tuesday night, Sept. 26, Interim Philadelphia Police Commissioner John M. Stanford told reporters at a press conference.  Multiple stores were "broken into or (...) ransacked" beginning around 8 p.m., Stanford said. As the night went on, similar incidents were reported along Aramingo Avenue, "and some other spots throughout the city," he added.  Stanford said the incidents were unrelated to the peaceful protest near City Hall related to the police killing…
12-Year-Old PA Boy Found Wrapped In Plastic In Dumpster ID'd: Police 12-Year-Old PA Boy Found Wrapped In Plastic In Dumpster ID'd: Police
12-Year-Old PA Boy Found Wrapped In Plastic In Dumpster ID'd: Police The remains of a boy discovered in a West Philadelphia dumpster last week have been identified, according to city police.  The boy in the dumpster has been identified as 12-year-old Hezekiah "Hezzy" Bernard, authorities announced on Aug. 31. Officers were called for a "hospital case" at 5500 Cherry Street around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, the department said.  The area is directly behind a playground, according to Google Maps.  They arrived and met with Philadelphia Housing Authority sanitation workers, who showed them an "unknown male" found in a trash can on the rear of a PHA du…
Family Of Man Shot Dead By Philly Police Seek Answers Family Of Man Shot Dead By Philly Police Seek Answers
Family Of Man Shot Dead By Philly Police Seek Answers The relatives of a 27-year-old Philadelphia man shot dead by city police officers claim authorities lied about the circumstances that led them to kill him.  Eddie Irizarry was fatally shot by two officers in Kensington around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, city police have previously confirmed to Daily Voice.  In comments that were widely reported including by the Philadelphia Inquirer, police originally claimed that Irizarry was followed by officers after they saw him drive the wrong way down a city street.  Police alleged the 27-year-old had lunged at the officers with a k…
Fake Federal Agent Steals Sailboat In PA River: Police Fake Federal Agent Steals Sailboat In PA River: Police
Fake Federal Agent Steals Sailboat In PA River: Police A man claiming to be a federal agent was chased down in a stolen sailboat in the Delaware River on Thursday, Aug. 16, according to authorities. City police were patrolling the river near Penn's Landing around 7 p.m. when a member of a sailing club flagged them down about a stolen vessel, the department said.  A Philadelphia police boat cruised south and spotted the sailboat near the Walt Whitman Bridge, where a Coast Guard unit was already in pursuit, authorities said.  The thief stopped the boat, identified himself as a federal agent, and told the Coast Guard team he was armed,…
POSSIBLE MURDER-SUICIDE: 'Strong Odor' Leads Police In PA To Dead Mom, Son POSSIBLE MURDER-SUICIDE: 'Strong Odor' Leads Police In PA To Dead Mom, Son
Possible Murder-suicide: 'Strong Odor' Leads Police In PA To Dead Mom, Son A Philadelphia woman and her son were found dead Tuesday night in what police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide, the department told Daily Voice.  Officers were called to a home on the 200 block of Hickory Hill Road in the far Northeast for complaints of a "strong odor" around 6 p.m., authorities said.  Inside, a 66-year-old woman was found dead in a second-floor bathroom and her 49-year-old son was found dead on the stairs, according to police.  Investigators said both bodies were "badly decomposed" and no cause of death has been confirmed. A firearm was recove…
4-Year-Old Girl Shot In Philadelphia, Say Police 4-Year-Old Girl Shot In Philadelphia, Say Police
4-Year-Old Girl Shot In Philadelphia, Say Police A 4-year-old girl was among the victims shot after gunfire rang out on a Philadelphia street late Wednesday, Aug. 9, city police told Daily Voice.  It happened around 9:45 p.m. on the 2000 block of East Clementine Street, the department said.  The girl was shot in the stomach and rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was placed in stable condition, according to police.  The second victim, a 24-year-old man, was hit in the left calf and back and is also in stable condition, they added.  No weapons were recovered from the scene and no arrests …
Florida Mom, Son Killed In Accident While Visiting Pennsylvania Florida Mom, Son Killed In Accident While Visiting Pennsylvania
Florida Mom, Son Killed In Accident While Visiting Pennsylvania Loved ones and friends said goodbye last weekend to a mother and son who died after being hit by a car on a visit to Pennsylvania.  Kellyanne Herman, 32, and her 12-year-old son Alphonso Thompson were in the area from Ocala, Florida, when the accident happened on July 15, relatives said on GoFundMe. City police said a driver in a Mercedes-Benz was moving fast down Bustleton Avenue when he ran a red light at the intersection with Rennard Street in Philadelphia. He struck an oncoming car, and that vehicle struck Herman and her son, the department told Daily Voice.  Criminal ch…
Officer Struck Breaking Up Drag Race In Philadelphia: Police Officer Struck Breaking Up Drag Race In Philadelphia: Police
Officer Struck Breaking Up Drag Race In Philadelphia: Police A Philadelphia police officer has a broken ankle after being hit by a car while breaking up a street racing event early Sunday morning, the department told Daily Voice.  It happened on the 1300 block of North Broad Street around 1:45 a.m. on July 23, authorities said.  Some 500 "people and vehicles" were gathered on the road when officers arrived to disperse the crowd, according to investigators. One officer was struck by a car that fled the scene and taken by firefighters to Jefferson University Hospital for treatment, they added.  "A couple of officers" were hurt during th…
Robbers Shot By Pizza Deliveryman In PA: Police Robbers Shot By Pizza Deliveryman In PA: Police
Robbers Shot By Pizza Deliveryman In PA: Police One suspect is hospitalized and another is on the run after Philadelphia police say they were shot by a delivery driver who they tried to rob.  It happened in Chestnut Hill just before midnight on Wednesday, July 19, the department told Daily Voice.  When the would-be robbers approached the victim on the 7700 block of Stenton Avenue, police say he opened fire, striking one of the suspects "in the buttocks."  The wounded suspect, identified only as a 23-year-old man, was treated at Einstein Medical Center and is in stable condition with criminal charges pending, police said.&…
Philly Mass Shooting Victim Was 'Selfless,' Friends Say Philly Mass Shooting Victim Was 'Selfless,' Friends Say
Philly Mass Shooting Victim Was 'Selfless,' Friends Say Joseph Wamah, one of the five declared dead following a mass shooting in southwest Philadelphia during Independence Day celebrations, was a "consistently positive, charismatic, selfless person," those close to him say.  Wamah and four others were named as alleged victims of 40-year-old Kimbrady Carriker, who police believe opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle in Kingsessing late on July 3.  More recently, police have said Wamah actually died the day prior to the Kingsessing attack on July 2, according to Philadelphia City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier.  Gauthier said police responded to th…