Police Arrest Homicide Suspect Connected the 3 Robberies

Dion Jordan has been charged with aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping and unlawful restraint. Investigators also said he is a suspect in at least five homicides.

— PHOTOGRAPH BY PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Philadelphia police have arrested a man wanted for a homicide who may be responsible for several other killings and robberies in the city.

Dion Jordan has been charged with aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping and unlawful restraint. Investigators also said he is a suspect in at least five homicides. While in custody, Jordan was also charged with the killing of Dallas Long, a 49-year-old man from the 2400 block of West 75th Avenue. Long was found on Oct. 17, at 8200 Lyons Ave. at 11:38 a.m. He had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In another incident allegedly involving Jordan on Oct. 19, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the victim, whose name has not been released by authorities, along with a friend met Jordan outside of 4200 Island Ave. to purchase a 2008 black Dodge Charger, police said. The victim got into Jordan’s vehicle to go for a test drive. Jordan drove the vehicle at a high rate of speed at which time an unidentified male popped up from the back seat and allegedly placed a handgun to the victim’s head.

Jordan then tied the victim’s hands and legs with plastic ties and removed $2,000 cash from his jacket pocket, police said. At this time, Jordan allegedly told the victim to contact his friends and tell them he wanted $5,000 and to place it on top of a Redbox machine located at 63rd and Vine streets. Jordan then drove the victim to the location, ordered him to retrieve the money and return to the vehicle. The victim returned to the vehicle and gave the money to Jordan at which time he told the victim to leave. At this time, a Philadelphia Police Officer attempted to stop Jordan’s vehicle, Jordan fled at a high rate of speed initiating a pursuit.

This pursuit went into Delaware County at which time Jordan struck a police vehicle while making a U-turn at the intersection of West Chester Pike and Darby Road, police said. After the collision, a passenger in Jordan’s vehicle fled on foot and Jordan continued to operate the car. Jordan continued to the unit block of Wycombe Avenue in Lansdowne where he struck a fence and was apprehended, police said.

Through the investigation, Jordan is also being charged for his alleged involvement in at least three bank robberies.

Homicide investigations

Police were called to the 400 block of West Indiana Ave. last Saturday at 12:11 a.m. in response to a report of gunfire. They found a man on the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim has been identified as Alexander Ruiz, 25, from the 3000 block of N. 8th St.. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m. Officers located a second shooting victim related to the same incident. The 20-year old male was shot in the left hip and right buttock.

In other news, police are investigating a deadly shooting last Sunday in the 7000 block of Forrest Ave. Authorities responded to a report of gunfire. They found the victim on the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics.

The victim has been identified as James Palmer, 28, from the 5300 block of Wakefield St.

Contact staff writer Larry Miller at (215) 893-5782 or lmiller@phillytrib.com

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