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43-year-old Nigerian man convicted of sexual abuse charges involving a 10-year-old female victim

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Clifford E. Emarievebe, 43, of Philadelphia, was convicted of sexual abuse charges for repeatedly assaulting a 10-year-old female victim from February until March 2017.

Following a four-day jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Margaret J. Amoroso, Clifford Emarievebe was found guilty of the following charges: two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving a child, indecent assault of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child. Sentencing is scheduled for September 13, 2018. The defendant faces up to 80-years in state prison and lifetime Megan’s Law registration.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Grace prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. The investigation was led by Officer Melissa Goodman of the Chester Police Department with assistance from child abuse pediatrics specialist Dr. June Elcock-Messam and the Delaware County Child Advocacy Center, and Delaware County Women Against Rape for victim advocacy and support.

In March 2017, Chester Police Officer Goodman responded to a 911 call for the report of child sexual abuse. During a forensic interview of the 10-year-old female victim, she described being sexually abused at her residence by Clifford Emarievebe, her former stepfather, beginning in February 2017 and continuing until March 2017. The investigation revealed that Emarievebe was frequently at the house while the victim’s mother was at work. During this two-month period, Clifford Emarievebe sexually abused the victim on numerous occasions, each time asking her, “Do you love me?” At one point, Emarievebe made the victim swear on her life that she would not tell anyone about the abuse and said her that if she told anybody about what he was doing to her, they would both go to jail. The victim ultimately decided to disclose the abuse to her mother, which is when the authorities began their investigation.

“There is no act more horrific and appalling than the sexual abuse of an innocent child,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “It is especially disturbing when a predator uses their position of trust, as in the case of Clifford Emarievebe, to prey upon a child for sexual gratification. The victim, in this case, demonstrated incredible courage by coming forward and reporting this predator, providing detailed and accurate testimony during the trial to the horrific things the defendant did to her, ensuring that he could not harm anyone else and was held accountable for his actions. I would also like to commend Assistant District Attorney Ryan Grace for bringing this case to justice, and Chester Police Officer Melissa Goodman for conducting a swift and thorough investigation into these heinous crimes to ensure this sexual predator was not able to cause any more harm this to the victim and the surrounding community.”

 

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DATE: July 6, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4943

Philly woman sentenced to 20-40 years in prison for violent Chester home invasion

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Erinn Howarth, 27 of the 5000 block of Keyser Street in Philadelphia, was sentenced to 20-40 years in state prison for a violent home invasion and assault that occurred on August 23, 2016, during which a 79-year-old man was tied up and his 49-year-old daughter was brutally beaten.

Erinn Howarth was found guilty of burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy, and possession of a firearm without a license following a jury trial before Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony Scanlon that concluded on April 26, 2018. The investigation was led by Chester Police Detective Lawrence Weigand, III, and Criminal Investigation Division Detective Anthony Ruggieri and prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Gina Gorbey.

On August 23, 2016, the Chester Police Department responded to the 700 block of E. 25th Street in Chester where they found a 79-year-old male sitting against a wall outside of the residence. Inside the house, police found his 49-year-old daughter, who was semi-conscious and lying in a pool of her own blood. Her face was swollen and her eyes were bruised and swollen shut. According to the male victim, at approximately 5:00 pm, he was brushing his teeth when he felt a gun being pressed against his head. When the victim looked in the mirror, he saw a man in the reflection, who told the victim not to move. The male suspect then repeatedly began to ask for the combination to the victim’s safe. After the victim told the male suspect that he did not have the combination, the male suspect then tied the victim’s hands and feet with cords. A second suspect, later identified as Erinn Howarth, repeatedly told the male victim to look away.

The male victim remained tied up in the room until approximately 7:00 pm, when, after he believed the suspects had left, he untied himself. When the male victim walked down the hallway, he discovered his daughter on the floor, with her hands and feet tied with electrical cords after she had been beaten by Erinn Howarth. While the male victim was attempting to untie his daughter, Howarth entered the room holding a handgun. The male suspect again then tied up the male victim while Howarth gathered the victim’s prescription medications. Howarth and the male suspect then fled the residence. Eventually, the male victim untied himself, went outside, and flagged down a neighbor who called 911. Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified one of the suspects as Erinn Howarth.

“This was a brutal, calculated attack on two innocent individuals, in which the defendants violated the inner sanctity of the victims’ home, demonstrating a horrific disregard for the value of human life,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “The victims endured unimaginable suffering, and while we are satisfied with the sentence of 20-40 years, no amount of prison time can undo the trauma this violent attack inflicted upon the victims and their family. I would like to commend Assistant District Attorney Gina Gorbey for bringing this case to justice, and Chester Police Detective Lawrence Weigand, III, and Detective Anthony Ruggieri and Sergeant William Gordon of our Criminal Investigation Division for their relentless work which led to the swift apprehension of these two dangerous individuals who terrorized the victims,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.

 

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 5, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4943

Philadelphia man arrested in Delco while en route to delivering heroin

MEDIA, PA -- Today District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Ridley Township Police Captain Scott Willoughby announced the arrest of Montez K. Burke, of Philadelphia, who is facing drug trafficking charges after he was found in possession of heroin that was packaged for sale. The arrest comes at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force, Ridley Township Police Department and Glenolden Borough Police Department.

Montez K. Burke, 21, of the 2600 block of Hobson Street in Philadelphia, is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, an ungraded felony, and other related offenses.

On June 26, 2018, at approximately 2:50 p.m., CID detectives, along with officers from the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force and the Ridley Township and Glenolden Borough Police Departments were conducting a narcotics investigation in the area of South Avenue and MacDade Boulevard in the vicinity of the MacDade Mall in Ridley Township.

During the course of the investigation, detectives became aware that a male driving a dark blue Subaru Station Wagon, which was known to law enforcement, was traveling from Philadelphia to the MacDade Mall, for the purpose of delivering heroin. An officer from the Glenolden Police Department observed the vehicle and stopped the Subaru in the MacDade Mall parking lot.

Montez Burke was removed from the driver’s seat of the vehicle and was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash. Burke, who appeared extremely nervous, stated he was traveling from Philadelphia to Claymont, Delaware, but had to get gas so he opted to make a detour to the gas station on MacDade Boulevard and South Avenue. A Ridley Township K-9 Police Unit arrived on scene. Upon exposure to the interior of the vehicle, K-9 Hannes, a German Shepard, alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vicinity of the middle console where police then located 59 bags of heroin, stamped "MONTANA," hidden under the console.

Montez K. Burke was taken into custody, arraigned and remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post $1,000,000/10% bail set by Magisterial District Judge Walter A. Strohl.

“Working together with our police departments, our Narcotics Task Force will continue to aggressively investigate and arrest drug dealers who are perpetuating the opioid epidemic that is killing our residents and tearing families apart here in Delaware County and across the country,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “In the case of Montez Burke, due to the excellent investigative work of CID detectives, Ridley Township Police, Glenolden Borough Police, and our Delaware County Narcotics Task Force, law enforcement was able to stop a heroin dealer who was selling deadly drugs that can cause an instant overdose and even death.”

Deputy District Attorney Sharon McKenna, Chief of the Narcotics Unit, is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 28, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

 

Chester man sentenced to 45 years in prison for attempted murder

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Darron Davis, 25, of the 1100 block of Booth Street in Chester, was sentenced to 45 - 90 years in state prison for shooting a 39-year-old Chester man on September 9, 2016. Davis was found guilty of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and related offenses following a two-day jury trial before Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge James Bradley.

The jury deliberated for about 2½ hours before delivering a verdict on April 4, 2018. Darron Davis was convicted of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to robbery of a motor vehicle, and related offenses. The investigation was led by Detective Joseph McFate of the Chester Police Department and prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Sam Yim.

On September 9, 2018 at approximately 7:04 p.m., Chester Police were dispatched to the 300 block of West Second Street for a report of a gunshot victim. Arriving Officers Joseph Dougherty and Frank Light located a victim, who had been shot twice in the head. When asked where the shooting had taken place, the victim gestured with his eyes toward the south side of Route 291. Through the course of their investigation, Chester detectives determined that Darron Davis had shot the victim, and along with a co-conspirator, stole the victim’s 2005 Lexus ES330 and his cell phone.

“The fact that Darron Davis nearly took another man’s life over a car and a cell phone, shooting him and leaving him to die on the side of the road, demonstrates a horrific disregard for the value of human life,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “While we are extremely satisfied with the sentence of 45-90 years, we know that no sentence can undo the damage this man did to the victim and his family, but residents are now safer, as Darron Davis will be behind bars for the majority of his life. I would like to commend Assistant District Attorney Sam Yim for his outstanding efforts to bring this case to justice, and Detective Joseph McFate of the Chester Police Department for conducting a swift and thorough investigation that led to the apprehension of this dangerous individual along with his co-defendant.”


OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 28, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4943

Concord Township woman charged with straw purchase and illegal transfer of gun for a known drug dealer in exchange for crack cocaine

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Jennifer Lynn Morro is charged with the straw purchase and illegal transfer of a firearm that she purchased for a known drug dealer in exchange for crack cocaine. The arrest comes at the conclusion of a joint investigation conducted by the Nether Providence Police Department and the Delaware County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Gun Trafficking Unit.

Jennifer Lynn Morro, 31, of Dorset Road in Glen Mills, is charged with transferring a firearm to a convicted felon, providing false information, tampering with public records, all felonies of the third degree, and other related offenses.

On June 4, 2018 at 10:05 pm, the Nether Providence Police Department responded to Baltimore Pike and Pine Ridge Road for a motor vehicle accident. Nether Providence Police Officer Matthew Liss observed a brass .9mm fired cartridge casing on the front passenger floor area and a handgun inside a plastic shopping bag on the front seat. Police determined the handgun was a .9mm Glock, model G-43, loaded with one chambered round of ammunition and four additional rounds inside the magazine. Morro advised police that she was the owner of the handgun and produced a Pennsylvania State Police Record of Sale Form, showing the firearm was purchased the same day, June 4, 2018. Morro was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a firearm without a license. The firearm was submitted to the Delaware County CID Firearm Forensic Unit for ballistic analysis.

As part of the investigation into the purchase of the firearm, CID Detective David Tyler, along with Nether Providence Police Detective Michael Erickson and Officer Liss interviewed Jennifer Morro, who advised that on June 4, 2018, she was driving with Ray Woods, also known as “Cash,” who asked her to buy a gun for him since he has a criminal history involving a gun charge and selling drugs. Morro advised that she has known Ray Woods for the past five years and that he is her crack cocaine supplier.

Morro told detectives that Woods gave her $500.00 cash with which to purchase a Glock semi-automatic firearm. Morro stated that she filled out the paperwork, passed the background check, paid for the firearm and a box of ammunition, and was given the .9mm Glock firearm which she then gave to Ray Woods. Morro stated that in exchange for purchasing the gun for Woods, he gave her four (4) bags of crack cocaine.

District Attorney Katayoun Copeland noted that the District Attorney’s Anti-Violence Task Force and Gun Trafficking Unit will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities in law enforcement to target individuals who illegally transfer and straw purchase firearms throughout Delaware County.


“In the case of Jennifer Morro, she purchased a gun for a known criminal, showing a complete disregard for the law and the safety of our community,” said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. “We commend Nether Providence Police Detective Michael Erickson and Officer Matthew Liss and CID Det. David Tyler for their work on this case. We will continue to aggressively target straw purchases to stop criminals from obtaining firearms illegally. Reducing gun violence is the number one priority of our Anti-Violence Task Force and in addition to investigations, we are working with community organizations, faith-based organizations and gun store owners to raise awareness about the severity of these crimes.”

Deputy District Attorney George B. Dawson, Chief of the Anti-Violence Task Force, will prosecute the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 27, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252