Arrests Made in Thanksgiving Day Homicide

 David Ramos, Jr. has been charged with Murder, Robbery and related offenses in reference to the shooting death of Ryan Kelly. Keanan Glenn has been charged with Murder, Robbery, and related offenses .

David Ramos, Jr. has been charged with Murder, Robbery and related offenses in reference to the shooting death of Ryan Kelly. Keanan Glenn has been charged with Murder, Robbery, and related offenses .

Police have arrested two men they say are responsible for the Thanksgiving Day homicide of a 21-year-old man in Port Richmond.

David Ramos, Jr., 18, has been charged with murder, robbery and related offenses in reference to the shooting death of Ryan Kelly. Keanan Glenn has been charged with murder, robbery, and related offenses in the same incident. Both are being held without bail, according to court records. Read more »

Reports: Anonymous Tipster Warns of ISIS-Inspired Police Threat in Philly, NYC

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Law enforcement officials received an anonymous tip that a person who pledged allegiance to ISIS wanted to shoot police officers in Philadelphia and New York City, NBC4 New York reported Wednesday. The man who the tipster was referring to has since turned himself in, sources reportedly told NBC 4.

Lieutenant John Stanford, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department, confirmed that officials had received “anonymous information regarding a threat against the Philadelphia Police Department, which was also a threat directed towards the New York Police Department.”

Stanford would not confirm any other details about the tip, including whether it referenced ISIS.

“At this time we cannot confirm details surrounding the threat,” he said. “However, we are working with both NYPD and the FBI to conduct a thorough and logical assessment and investigation in efforts to determine the credibility and validity of the threat and information gathered.” Read more »

Police: Watch Out for Fraudster Claiming City Must Demolish Your House

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A man posing as a city inspector has falsely informed residents in three separate locations that their properties were scheduled for demolition, police said Friday.

The suspect, described as a 5-foot-7, middle-aged African-American man, allegedly visited the 2500 block of N. Colorado Street, the 2400 block of W. Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of W. Sergeant Street throughout the last week. Police said the man was wearing a reflective vest, a yellow hard hat and a partial goatee, and was seen in a dark green Volvo station wagon with a Pennsylvania license plate.   Read more »

Ross on Recovering Officer: “The Fact He’s Here Is Amazing”

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Sen. Bob Casey, Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Richard Ross gave a joint press conference today to give an update on the condition of Officer Jesse Hartnett, as well as announce Casey’s support for a bill in Congress that would establish federal, state and local partnerships to fight “violent extremism.”

Hartnett was shot while on patrol early last Friday. Ross thanked the public for the outpouring of support for Hartnett, who still has a long recovery ahead of him. He said it did not look like Hartnett would lose his arm.

“I don’t want to get into the specifics, but he sustained significant injuries,” Ross said. “I understand people hear ‘shot in the arm’ and they may not think it’s that big of a deal. All you have to do is look at the video and you can kind of surmise from that how significant his injuries are. The fact that he’s here is amazing.” Read more »

Mayor Kenney: Islam Has Nothing To Do With Cop Shooting

From L to R: Police Officer Jesse Hartnett and suspect Edward Archer | Photos via the Philadelphia Police Department

From L to R: Police Officer Jesse Hartnett and suspect Edward Archer | Photos via the Philadelphia Police Department

[Updated 5 p.m.] Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said at a news conference Thursday that Islam had nothing to do with the shooting of a 33-year-old police officer in Philadelphia.

“In no way, shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on the screen,” said Kenney, who was sworn into office Monday.

Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police Department told reporters that the suspect, 30-year-old Edward Archer of Delaware County, confessed to the crime, allegedly saying, “I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic state, and that’s why I did what I did.” Read more »

Here’s the Horrific Video of the Police Shooting in Philadelphia

Philadelphia magazine has obtained a video of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets.

Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Check back for updates.

Police: Cop Shooter Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

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Photo via ABCNews

[UPDATED 1:37 p.m] Officer Jesse Hartnett remains in critical but stable condition after an ambush Thursday night in which a man who media sources say was wearing Muslim garb allegedly fired a dozen shots at his patrol car at 60th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia.

Police said the suspect in the shooting, who they identified at a news conference Friday as Edward Archer, pledged allegiance to ISIS in a confession. The photo above shows a man firing the shots into Hartnett’s marked patrol car.

According to court records, Archer was found guilty of fraud, forgery and other offenses in November in Delaware County. He was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges next week. He is also currently on probation after pleading guilty to gun charges and attempted simple assault in 2013. Read more »

Philly Gets New Top Cop in Central High Alum Richard Ross

Richard Ross smiles during his swearing in ceremony as Philadelphia’s new police commissioner, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at his alma mater, Central High School, in Philadelphia. Ross said his top priority is reducing crime while improving community relations in what he called “a challenging time for law enforcement.”

Richard Ross smiles during his swearing in ceremony as Philadelphia’s new police commissioner, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at his alma mater, Central High School, in Philadelphia. Ross said his top priority is reducing crime while improving community relations in what he called “a challenging time for law enforcement.”

Richard Ross, the new Philadelphia Police commissioner, had several messages for his fellow Central High School students and the larger community at his swearing-in ceremony at his alma mater this morning, but the most important message he delivered was: We’re all in this together, and we all have a role we can play in keeping the city safe.

Ross used an anecdote from his own childhood to drive home this point. He grew up on North 13th Street in Logan, not far from Central High, and late one night when he was about 9 years old, one of his neighbors, an older woman, woke him and his family up to warn them that someone had broken into their house.

“This woman put herself into harm’s way in order to notify us,” he said, but what impressed him more was the response she got. Read more »

In Wake of Shootings, Detective Challenges PPD to Step Up West Philly Coverage

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A Philadelphia Police detective well-known for his use of social media challenged his department in a series of Twitter postings Sunday afternoon, decrying recent violence in West Philadelphia and suggesting it wasn’t getting the same attention from brass as Center City crime.

Detective Joseph Murray‘s tweets came in response to a Sunday afternoon shooting at the SEPTA station at 60th and Market streets; that incident left the victim, an unidentified man, in critical condition. Two other people had been killed in the neighborhood in recent weeks. 

In response, Murray suggested Sunday afternoon the department needs to step up its foot patrols in the neighborhood.  Read more »

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