FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Category: LOCAL NEWS

Bar Manager Dies after Being Shot and Then Robbed in North Philly


A gunman walked into Monique’s Lounge at N 23rd Street and W Indiana Ave in North Philadelphia around 1 a.m. Friday and got into a physical fight with the owner’s son, who was managing the bar, Philadelphia Police said.

The suspect shot the 46-year-old manager then announced a robbery.
“After shooting the victim, according to the witnesses, the shooter then pointed the gun at the bartender and announced a robbery and asked her to to give her all the money that was in the register,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The gunman wanted more than the $175 in the cash register.
“The perpetrator then leaned over and took a wallet and car keys from the individual he had just shot,” Small said.

The manager died at the hospital a short time later.
Investigators said the shooter was a male, his face covered and wearing blue jeans, standing around 5-foot, 9-inches tall.
Around 10:45 p.m., a gunman killed two brothers in a driveway along Upsal Street near Chew Avenue in the East Mount Airy neighborhood in the city.
The brothers, one 23 the other 24, were pronounced dead at Einstein Medical Center. Neither was immediately identified.
The shooting may have stemmed from an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood since the brothers moved in a bout a month ago, Small said.
Investigators searched for four men witnesses said fired at least seven shots before fleeing on foot, police said.

R.I.P. Tyrese Johnson – 17 year old Boy Shot and Killed in South Philly


A gunman shot and killed a teenager along a South Philadelphia street midday Wednesday.
Gunfire rang out on S Bancroft Street near Tasker Street around 11:45 a.m. leaving 17-year-old Tyrese Johnson shot twice in his back, Philadelphia police said.

Officers rushed the boy to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where doctors pronounced Johnson — who lived a few blocks away on Cleveland Street — dead a short time later, police said.
As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see investigators searching for clues.
When identifying Johnson Thursday, investigators still didn’t reveal a motive for the killing or name any possible suspects.

12 Year Old Girl Robbed at Gunpoint for her Cell Phone


MAYFAIR (WPVI) — Philadelphia police are investigating the robbery of a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint by a teenager in Mayfair.

It happened around 4 p.m. Thursday in the 7900 block of Leon Street.

Police say the girl was robbed of her cellphone.

The girl was not hurt during the armed robbery.

Police are searching for the suspect who they say is a 15-year-old boy.

Former Neumann-Goretti High School Basketball Star Player Shot in South Philly


Towson University senior and Philadelphia native John Davis shone in front of his friends and family Saturday night by scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the school’s game against Drexel University.

But just hours after Towson’s 69-65 win at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in University City, Davis lay bleeding on the streets of his hometown, injured in a double shooting near his family’s Queen Village home.

Davis, 22, a graduate of Neumann-Goretti High School, who is expected to graduate in May from the Maryland university, was hit in a leg by gunfire, said his mother, Kimberly Williams. Doctors had to remove a bullet fragment from the leg, she said.

“We’re just extremely thankful he’s healthy and he’s fine,” Williams said.

Philadelphia police do not identify survivors of gunshot wounds. However, a bulletin put out by the department about a double shooting early Sunday morning matches the location of Davis’ shooting.

According to that bulletin, a man in his 20s received a graze wound to his right knee and a 16-year-old boy was shot in his left thigh on the 900 block of South Fourth Street about 12:30 a.m. The victims were taken to separate hospitals by private vehicles, the release said.

Davis was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital and then transferred to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. The teen was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, where he was also listed in stable condition. Police did not identify a suspect or give a possible motive in the case.

A statement released by the university said: “Towson University men’s basketball senior John Davis was injured during an apparent drive-by shooting outside his home Saturday evening. Davis remained in Philadelphia following the Tigers game at Drexel to attend a family function. Davis was treated for a gunshot wound and released from the hospital. His status for the remainder of the basketball season is still being determined.

“John stayed back in Philadelphia Saturday night for the dedication of the birth of his son, Bryson Hunter Davis Harris,” head coach Pat Skerry said in the statement. “He was outside of his family home when a car drove by and opened fire. We are extremely thankful that John, and everybody else involved, was not seriously harmed. Our main focus right now is on the health of John Davis.”

After the school’s statement was read to Williams, she said it was “very accurate,” but declined to answer further questions.

Police said their reports did not indicate that the double shooting on the 900 block of South Fourth Street was a drive-by, but that the two victims were standing in the area, heard gunshots, and realized they had been hit.

Davis is 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. As a Towson sophomore, he earned third-team all-Colonial Athletic Association honors. He started 29 games for the Tigers as a junior.

Davis is averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game through 27 games this season.

“If you had 13 guys like John Davis,” Skerry said Saturday after the game, “you wouldn’t need coaches.”

Davis needed only two more wins with the Tigers to become the “winningest player” in the history of Towson’s basketball program, Skerry said.

At Neumann-Goretti, Davis won three straight Catholic League and state championships. Davis was co-captain for the Saints in his senior season.

Man Snatched Woman Out of a Cab Then Stripped and Stole the Cab and Drove Thru Center City


Good Samaritans were caught on camera dragging a naked man out of a stolen taxi

cab in Rittenhouse Square Monday afternoon.

Police say the ordeal began around 3:30 p.m. at 2000 Locust Street when Michael

Emanual, a cab driver, dropped a woman off. As the woman got out of the cab,

an unidentified man began to attack her, according to investigators.

“He grabbed the lady from the hair and the collar and he dragged her on the

street,” Emanual said.

When Emanual got out of his taxi to help the woman the suspect ran into the cab

and drove off, police said.

“Before jumping in the cab, you know, he just took off his clothes,” Emanual said.

Brandon Thompson told NBC10 he was walking through Rittenhouse Square

with his friends when he saw the suspect drive the stolen cab through the park.

“We hear like a loud screeching,” Thompson said. “As we turned we noticed

there was a cab coming through the park.”

Police say the suspect struck three parked vehicles.

“Everybody starts to run and everything and then that’s when I hop on my bike

and I tell my friends, ‘I gotta go after him because I gotta stop him and every-

thing,'” Thompson said.

Thompson said he rode after the speeding taxi cab which crashed into a high

curb at 18th and Walnut streets. Thompson caught up to the vehicle and

grabbed the steering wheel in an effort to stop the suspect.

“When I first ran up on him he was trying to fight me off and everything,”

Thompson said. “I had to punch him so I could get a hold of him and

everything.”

Viewer video obtained by NBC10 shows the suspect hitting the gas as

Thompson holds onto the steering wheel. The taxi cab then hits a curb and

spins out of control as smoke rises and more Good Samaritans run over to

help.

“Once we got him to a stop I was messing with the keys so the car wasn’t

running anymore,” Thompson said. “I’m trying to yank the keys out.

That’s when everybody pulled him out of the car.”

Video shows the residents dragging the man out of the cab. Thompson says

the suspect was completely naked.

“He was completely nude,” Thompson said. “He had nothing on him but

what God gave him.”

Responding police officers arrested the man and took him to Hahnemann

Hospital. The woman who was attacked is expected to be okay.