Law enforcement authorities in Camden are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person who shot five people, two fatally, on the night of Oct. 6 and are offering a $15,000 reward for information.
The dead were Jewel Manire, 19, a young mother, and Kalil Gibson, 20. Manire and Gibson, along with three other females were shot as they sat inside a car on Hull Street, in the Fairview section of Camden, at 11:40 p.m.
According to investigators, a masked Hispanic male carrying a gun and a machete entered the parked car and opened fire, killing Manire and Gibson and wounding the others. The gunman then pushed aside the driver's body and drove off with four of the victims inside. The wounded were a 20-year-old woman shot in the face, a 16-year-old shot in the head and another 16-year-old shot in the arm. The killer is described as a Hispanic male about 6 feet tall. He wore a black mask over the lower part of his face and yellow latex gloves.
The Citizens Crime Commission will pay $7,000 just for the arrest of the shooter and $8,000 upon conviction. Anyone with information should call the Citizens Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS.
Stiff Sentence in Crime Spree
A federal judge sentenced a defendant to 128 years in prison this week for a brutal crime spree that included several home invasions, robberies and torture.
Judge Legrome Davis sentenced Lamar Staten to 128 years in prison for, among other crimes, the abduction and torture of Brandon Coleman. Coleman, a former drug dealer, was severely beaten and tortured with a hot iron for money he didn’t have.
According to federal investigators, on March 24, 2010, Coleman’s former girlfriend, Jacklyn Smith, allegedly lured him to her apartment in Yeadon as part of a plan to rip off drug profits he was thought to have. Emmanuel Duran, John Bowie and Staten were waiting, allegedly armed with several guns. When Coleman entered the apartment he was bound at gunpoint, stabbed 20 imes and burned with a hot iron. In the course of the crime spree Staten and the other defendants allegedly conducted a home invasion in the 6000 block of Cedar Avenue where they stole $800 in cash, jewelry and a laptop computer. They staged another home invasion in the 5900 block of Cedar Avenue where they stole an iPod and an Xbox electronic game. They allegedly tried to force their way into another residence in the 500 block of South Redfield Street and fired several shots.
Responding police pursued the defendants for 45 minutes. Investigators said that during the pursuit, Staten called Smith and allegedly had his co-conspirators strip Coleman naked and dump the bleeding victim into the street. Duran and Bowie were previously convicted in the case and are awaiting sentencing.
After a four-day period with no homicides in Philadelphia, a 29-year old Latino male was gunned down Wednesday night, Oct. 17 in the 400 block of West Cambria Street.
Police responded to a report of gunfire at around 10:47 p.m. They found the victim, identified as Domingo Rivera, of the 2800 block of North Leithgow Street, lying on the ground. Rivera, who had a rap sheet of 13 arrests, according to court documents, had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. As of Tribune press time, there have been no arrests and the motive remains undetermined.