The Philadelphia Police Department has arrested suspect Ali Shaffiat for a shooting in Washington Square.
On Tuesday May 13, 2014, Central Detectives conducted a search of all vehicle investigations involving a red Mitsubishi Eclipse within the city. The search resulted in a suspect and vehicle match. Detectives then contacted the Real Time Crime Center and requested all ALPR (Automatic License Plate Reads) for the tag number from the vehicle investigations. The results from the Real Time Crime Center revealed a positive match to the vehicle depicted in the surveillance video along with the light colored document in the rear window which was later found to be a for sale sign.
Detectives then conducted a search for this vehicle which was found parked on the 800 block of Fernon Street with the license plate removed. Ali Shaffiat was then contacted and located on the 1600 block of South 7th Street. Shaffiat was arrested without further incident. Ali Shaffiat is 31 years-of-age and is from the 1400 block of South 12th Street. Shaffiat is charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.
The original incident happened Friday: “According to a statement by the Philadelphia Police Department, two women were driving down Lombard Street with a four-month-old child in the back seat when the above Mitsubishi Eclipse began following them, with the driver blowing his horn and hanging out of his window. When the women turned onto Broad Street, they heard two gunshots, and a bullet struck the rear window. One of the women told police that she saw a gun pointed out of the passenger side window of the Eclipse. No one was injured.”