Woman-Punching Cop Witnesses South Philly Firebombing

It happened on Sigel Street.

Friday morning was a panicked one on the 1700 block of Sigel Street (near 18th and Mifflin) in South Philadelphia, where a home went up in flames just after 6:00 a.m.

According to South Detectives, a male suspect is in custody after a plainclothes police officer saw him throwing a firebomb at the property just before the blaze began.

firebomb-south-philadelphia-fireThat plainclothes police officer? None other than Jonathan Josey. Yes, the same Jonathan Josey who was a Daily News Sexy Single before punching a woman in the head at the Puerto Rican Day Parade. (That’s him in the white shirt on the left in this image.)

There were three people in the home, including a young child. All of them made it out alive and are being treated at a local hospital.

Police didn't immediately release the identity of the suspect.

"We still have detectives out at the scene and at the hospital," one police official told me. "But we are certain that an incendiary device was used."

Here was the scene from above earlier this morning via 6 ABC:

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  • The Real Richard Cranium

    Will the Ink-Waster and Daily Snooze ever break a story before Philly Mag?

  • Rocco Lamagela

    Moral of the story…don’t interfere with a cop while he’s doing his job & saving lives!

  • Neighbor

    Not to in any way justify what the Lieutenant did in a prior incident, but other news sources are reporting that he climbed into the burning building and helped the residents out of the building. “Witnesses?”

    In your effort to be clever and biting, you seem to have lost touch with the actual story here. Someone firebombed a house, with people inside, at a time obviously intended to catch them at home, likely asleep. This story is only tangentially related to Lt. Josey yet you home in on it like a fly on feces.