Philadelphia Criminal Law News

December 2012 Archives

2nd Brother Caught in SEPTA Shooting

The second suspect in the SEPTA train shooting earlier this month has been caught.

Matthew Early was arrested about 6 p.m. Friday as he was watching TV at a friend's house, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. He was taken into custody without incident.

Matthew, 18, and his brother Eric were both sought in relation to a Dec. 12 shooting that took place on a SEPTA train at the 49th Street El Station. The two brothers allegedly got into a war of words with two Chicago Bulls fans on their way home from a Bulls-Sixers game.

3 Teens Arrested After Woman Endures Christmas Nightmare

We've heard a few Christmas Grinch stories, but this one takes the cake for being the worst Christmas crime story of the year.

Unfortunately, it's not as petty as the theft stories from earlier this month. A 22-year-old woman endured a Christmas nightmare as she was robbed and sexually assaulted by three teens in a kidnapping, Fox 29 News reports.

The teens -- a 19-year-old and two 17-year-olds -- allegedly kidnapped the victim from a parking lot on Marshall Road in Upper Darby as she waited for her boyfriend to come out of a bar. The trio forced their way inside her car at gunpoint and drove her around, allegedly taking turns raping her in the back seat, police told Fox 29.

Smile! Local Thieves Caught on Pharmacy Security Cameras

It's holiday season right now. Apparently, it's also theft season in and around Philadelphia.

There have been several cases of theft in the past few weeks in the Delaware Valley, many of which were caught on tape. Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the alleged culprits.

In one incident on Dec. 15, a man in North Philadelphia grabbed another man's cell phone and then pulled a gun on the victim after he gave chase. The alleged robber was caught on camera at a local Rite Aid pharmacy prior to accosting the man, Action News reports.

Police Find Mobile Meth Lab in Walmart Parking Lot

This sounds like a scene from the show "Breaking Bad." Police found a mobile meth lab in a Walmart parking lot in rural Saint Clair (Schuylkill County) on Sunday morning, reports The Scranton Times-Tribune.

The lab was discovered at 5 a.m. while officers were investigating a separate incident, involving a hit and run.

Unlike the hit TV show "Breaking Bad," the meth lab wasn't operating out of a trailer. It was operating out of a Ford Windstar, which had been struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Traffic Stop Leads to False Arrest and Lawsuit

What do you do if you're faced with a traffic stop and you didn't do anything wrong?

This holiday season, with the abundance of police officers on the road, this is a question sure to be asked by many. A Pennsylvania man learned the hard way that cops aren't always so cooperative.

Reginald Johnson is now filing a lawsuit against the Seaford Police Department, according to NBC Philadelphia. The lawsuit arose after he was arrested when police officers believed him to be another person, namely, a wanted felon. According to WBOC News, a police tracking device went off as Johnson drove by the officers.

Eric Early's Bail Set for SEPTA Shooting; Brother Still at Large

In the past few weeks, there's been talk of gun control and subway safety, in light of two different recent events.

Now, a recent Philadelphia story brings the two issues together as bail has been set for Eric Early in a shooting on a SEPTA train last week.

Early, who is only 17 according to KYW Newsradio, is being held on $5 million bail. For the youngster, this likely means that he will stay behind bars as he awaits his court hearings.

Police on Hunt for Man Who Stole iPad From Tioga Church

Here’s another Holiday Grinch story, although this offender isn’t making his way down chimneys and stealing holiday presents. Police are on the hunt for a man in Tioga after he was caught on camera stealing an iPad and a wallet in a church.

Surveillance cameras caught the man entering the Triumph Baptist Church on Hunting Park Avenue. He was seen in the video surveillance walking into an office on the second floor, where he took an iPad and a wallet containing ID and cash.

Inmate Tries to Kill Justin Bieber From Jail Cell in Bizarre Plot

Poor Justin Bieber. Or rather, lucky Justin Bieber, as he was spared a grim fate. Police foiled an alleged plot to castrate and murder the teen sensation earlier this week, writes

The plot was reportedly hatched by Dana Martin, a convicted murderer who is serving two life sentences for raping and killing a 15-year-old Vermont girl.

He allegedly hired two hit men to carry out his new plot, including one fellow inmate of his from Las Cruces prison in New Mexico.

Holiday Grinch Caught on Camera for Stealing Prada Shoes

They’re calling her the “Holiday Grinch.”

She followed a UPS truck and walked up to another woman’s stoop, stealing a package delivered from Neiman Marcus, reports NBC Philadelphia. The package contained $500 Prada shoes.

Little does she know that she was caught on camera. Surveillance cameras caught a blonde woman exiting a dark colored Dodge Durango. She walked right up the driveway, took the shoes and fled.

Tyrese Ford Pleads Guilty in Shooting Death at T&T Lounge

A young man could face spending most of his life behind bars after he was sentenced this week in the shooting death last year of a Frankford High all-city linebacker.

Tyrese Ford has been sentenced in the shooting death last year of twenty-year-old Christopher Spence, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ford pleaded guilty to third degree murder and as a result, will face 18 to 40 years behind bars.

Homeless Man in NYC Subway Murder Had a Pennsylvania History

As passers-by noticed swarms of police in Times Square on Monday, they were only met with "you'll see it in the news" when asking the officers what was going on.

And in the news, it was. A man was pushed into the New York subway near Times Square on Monday, reports USA Today.

Now, the man accused of pushing 58-year old Ki-Suck Han is facing second degree murder charges for the death. And as it turns out, Naeem Davis doesn't only have a criminal history in New York. He also has a history of prior arrests in Pennsylvania on drug possession, writes USA Today.

Too Fat to Execute? Death Row Inmate Fights for Last Chance

Pennsylvania is a state that still has the death penalty.

There are many ways to legally protect oneself from the death penalty for a criminal defendant or an inmate. Prosecutors have heard them al l— Habeas Corpus and 8th Amendment claims at the inmate level, and pleading guilty to a lesser crime at the trial level.

But saying you’re too fat to be executed? That’s a new one.

Murder Wave Hits Philly Over the Weekend

Philadelphia has seen a wave of homicides in recent days, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Seven people died over the weekend, writes The Inquirer. Including these were two bodies found in a house on the 1700 block of Erie Avenue in Tioga. David Williams, 23, was arrested in connection with both of those killings. One of these bodies was identified as Anthony Hicks and the other body has yet to be identified.

According to police reports, Hicks was shot in the head. The other man found on the second floor of the house was found with gunshot wounds to the chest and head.