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85-year-old man found stabbed to death inside home on 5300 block of Addison Street

December 20, 2017

Police are investigating the murder of an 85-year-old man whose body was found with multiple stab wounds inside his home on the 5300 block of Addison Street on Tuesday afternoon. The victim was found at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday by a family member, according to reports, and was identified as Willie Cooper.

The victim was a father, grandfather and great grandfather and was retired after working in the city’s sanitation department, according to reports.

No arrests have been made, and police did not release information about the suspects. The investigation continues.

 

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West Philly resident charged in murder of teen whose body was found in alley on S. 49th Street (updated)

November 30, 2017

UPDATED (7:12 p.m.): A 23-year-old West Philly resident has been charged in the murder of a teenager whose body was found in an alley on the 200 block of South 49th Street earlier this week.

Police say Cole Herring led them to the body of 15-year-old Sabriyah McLean on Tuesday morning. Herring’s parents convinced him to turn himself in to police after he told them about the alleged murder. McLean, who turned 15 in October, was from Delaware, and her parents had reported her missing, according to police.

Herring, who lives in an apartment building near where McLean’s body was found, reportedly met her online.  Continue Reading

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Woman’s body found near 49th and Spruce; suspect in custody (updated)

November 28, 2017

A woman’s body was found late Tuesday morning on the 200 block of S. 49th Street, according to police. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder.

Police told 6ABC Action News that the suspect told his parents that he had killed the unidentified woman. He reportedly directed police to an alley where the body was found. The suspect, who is reportedly the victim’s boyfriend, lives in the apartment building near where the body was found. A police source said that the victim’s body was set on fire after she was killed.

The motive is currently unknown and the names of neither the victim nor the suspect have been released. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

 

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Two suspects arrested in robbery, assault of Penn graduate student

November 13, 2017

Police have arrested two suspects for the violent attack and robbery of a male Penn graduate student on Nov. 5 on the 400 block of South 43rd Street. The 26-year-old victim was beaten with a brick during the robbery and suffered serious head injuries, including a fractured skull, according to police.

Twenty-year-old Lance Ryan was arrested Thursday and charged with robbery and assault. Dajuan Dantzler, 18, was arrested Friday after he turned himself in, according to reports. He was also charged with robbery and assault, according to police.

 

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Second suspect arrested in shooting death of West Philly activist Winnie Harris

November 10, 2017

A second suspect in the shooting death of West Philly community activist Winnie Harris has been arrested, according to a report by Philly.com. Police arrested 31-year-old Isaiah Reels, 31, at a home in Southwest Philadelphia on Thursday.

A well-known community advocate and executive director of UC Green, Winnie Harris was found shot to death at her home in West Powelton on February 3, 2017 in, what police believe, a case of mistaken identity. She was 65.

Another suspect, 39-year-old Nelson Giddings, was arrested last month, and police also named Reels as a second suspect and issued an arrest warrant for him in October. Police believe Giddings and Reels may have targeted a different residence, but broke into Harris’s home on the 300 block of North Holly Street late on Feb. 2 and shot her when she confronted them. Harris was found dead in her home the following day.

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Two male suspects sought in robbery, assault of Penn grad student

November 7, 2017

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two male suspects, who robbed and viciously assaulted a 26-year-old male Penn grad student. The robbery took place on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 10:45 p.m. when the young man was walking along the 400 block of South 43rd Street. The victim was beaten during the robbery and suffered serious head injuries, including a fractured skull, according to police.

Surveillance video captured the suspects later that night inside a convenience store:  Continue Reading

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