Carjack Suspect “Atoning” for Fatalities

Three children were killed in Friday incident.

Carjacking Crash

UPDATE: Two men have been charged with rape and murder in Friday’s carjacking. For the full story, go here.

[Update 11:35 am] An attorney for one of the men in custody says his client is trying to “atone” for his role in the carjacking:

The persons of interest, one 19-years-old and the other in his 20s, were taken into police custody on Sunday. The younger man, identified by his attorney as Jonathan Rosa, turned himself into detectives alongside his mother and their pastor, sources said. U.S. Marshals and city police later took the older man into custody that evening.

Rosa's attorney, Christopher Warren, says his client was in the stolen vehicle that crashed into the group on Friday morning. Rosa is cooperating with detectives to try and "atone" for the crash, the attorney said.

"He turned himself in and he is doing everything in his power to try and atone for what happened last Friday," Warren said. "Quite frankly, he's having an extremely difficult time getting over the image of that 15-year-old girl coming over the hood of the car."

[Update, 9:40 am] NBC 10  reports that Commissioner Charles Ramsey is declaring the manhunt over, though no formal charges have been filed.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Monday morning he's confident the men either are or know who are responsible for Friday's deadly crash.

"I am satisfied that we don't need to have a manhunt out there right now," he said. "Let's deal with what we have now and unless things take a turn then we're pretty confident that we have people who have valuable information to bring this to a successful conclusion.

[Original] Multiple outlets have reported that police have brought in two men for questioning in Friday's fatal carjacking that killed three children, though there are no reports yet of arrests or charges. A $110,000 award had been offered by the police and Fraternal Order of Police for information leading to the capture of the carjackers.


CBS Philly reports: "Sources told CBS 3 Eyewitness News that police were questioning two people about the incident at police headquarters Sunday night. There was no initial word on any charges and the identities of the two people in custody were not immediately released."

The Daily News adds:

"We are talking to two persons of interest as we speak," Homicide Captain James Clark said shortly after 9 p.m. He did not identify the men, but said that a news conference might be held today.

6ABC witnessed one of the men be taken into custody:

Sources tell Action News that one of the men surrendered to police on Sunday in the company of his mother and his pastor.

Soon, police had the information to go after that second man.

It was an intense scene at 6th and Cambria Streets in North Philadelphia Sunday night. United States Marshals were posted in the doorway of the home and they had their guns drawn behind it looking for a person of interest.

Within a matter of seconds they had their man and only Action News was there as he was taken into custody for questioning.

We'll update this story today as events warrant.

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  • The Real Richard Cranium

    As he should be having a hard time overcoming the image of the innocent girl that he killed in his recklessness. There is no atonement after the fact. He should have been thinking about whatever diety that he believed in before he committed such a horrific act. It takes a real piece of work to turn yourself in with a Pastor in tow.

  • nissinphilli

    This is just one more sign of the “times,” even the pastor makes excuses for his parishioners, who are, straight from hell!!!!

    • The Real Richard Cranium

      I wonder how much you have to put on the Collection Plate to get escorted to the Roundhouse.

      • nissinphilli

        I’ll raise you one “blessing,” over an Attorney any day…….. Or let us go the way of King David, in Proverbs / Psalms, you wrong him and he would just ask God to smite your trifling butt!

  • $26550823

    He didn’t have a “hard time” yanking the lady out of the drivers seat did he? How can this family afford a top attorney like Warren?

  • 247newscycle

    Good. Rosa can “atone” for these murders for the rest of his life in jail. His uncle claims he was a “nice” boy…..Well, sorry, uncle, nice boys don’t do things like this. Idiot.

  • confused

    Real estate lady also sexually assaulted. Hope they never get out. Older guy just got out of prison.

  • confused

    If you check out J. Rosa’s facebook page, pic of teddy bear accusing others of being fake, while smoking crack. Now he’s blaming the 15 year old fruit seller victim of “haunting him” in the way she chose to come across hood of vehicle?? On suicide watch in prison, sorry only for fact he’s never going to be set free again. There is no atonement, due to 2 victims in hospital still, the raped critically injured real estate agent victim and the comatose Mother, who is still unaware of loss of the three children. Perhaps Christopher Warren atty., would donate his fee towards the memorial garden, instead of insisting his client should be pitied due to female victim haunting him and causing him to be locked up for life.

  • Michelle Belle Dovidio

    I don’t believe I heard the word “atone,” during my twelve years in Catholic School, as much as I have these past twenty-four hours. Being a theological term…I’m thinking …the pastor used it several times while chaperoning the horrific criminal, with mom in arm, to the jail for his confession. The attorney arrived and with no clue where to begin for a defense angle it’s a good idea to stick with the religious theme…and in just a few stated words, “atone” went viral.

    I have to wonder if Rosa even knows what the word truly means, but he’ll have his last year as a teenager and the rest of his life in a caged cement closet to figure it out…I, also, wonder if Rosa even knows the difference between “sorry” and “scared.”

    In one breath, it’s sad and monstrous.