Carjacker Suspect’s Mother Turns Down Arrest Reward

Won’t take $110,000 for helping turn her son in.

The mother of one of the men accused in last Friday’s fatal carjacking won’t accept a $110,000 reward for turning her son in.

NBC 10 quotes Jonathan Rosa’s attorney, Christopher Warren, saying that Rosa’s mom helped police crack the case:

Warren says homicide detectives interviewed Rosa on Saturday after tracking him through his cell phone. The phone was left at the scene of the crash at Germantown and Allegheny Avenues and found by a witness.


However, detectives released Rosa after their initial questioning because he said his phone had been stolen, according to Warren. Police had no reason to hold the teen, who did not have a record, the attorney added.

But after the teen returned home and spoke with his mother, she took him back to police on Sunday to turn himself in. Hours later, Crawford was arrested. By Monday, both men were charged.

"His mom had heard that he had been picked up for questioning and she sat down there and she started talking and by Sunday morning they had the pictures of the three kids in the papers. He saw that, lost it and decided to do the right thing," Warren said.

Police say Rosa's mother was offered the $110,000 reward for an arrest in the case — one of the largest rewards in city history — but she wanted nothing to do with the money. Mayor Nutter's office will decide what happens now to the cash

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