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Chester fugitives arrested, charged with first degree murder in July 2017 shooting death

  Media, Pa -- Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland and Commissioner Otis Blair of the Chester Police Department announced the arrest of Vernon Jones, 19, and Leroy Spence, Jr., 20, both of Chester, who were fugitives arrested in Baltimore, Maryland and charged in the shooting death of 28-year-old Shaquan Cruz-Chappell on July 21, 2017, in the area of West Seventh Street and Highland Avenue.

Vernon Jones, of the 2800 block of W. 6th Street and Leroy Spence, Jr., of the 1300 block of Tilghman Street in Chester, are charged with first and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of instruments of crime, and criminal conspiracy. The investigation was conducted by Detective Rhaheem Blanden of the Chester Police Department and Detective Vincent Ficchi of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Homicide Unit, with assistance from the United States Marshals who arrested the fugitives in Baltimore.  

On Friday, July 21, 2017, at 7:07 p.m., Chester Police were dispatched to W. 9th Street and Highland Avenue in Chester, for a report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers found Shaquan Cruz-Chappell laying in the street, having sustained several gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives obtained video surveillance footage which showed a light blue Buick had stopped at the corner of 7th Street and Highland Avenue, and three male passengers exited the vehicle. The victim, Shaquan Cruz-Chappell, was on his bicycle, traveling south on Grace Street onto 7th Street, when these three males began firing their weapons at him.

Following the shooting, the three males fled on foot and headed towards the 3000 block of W. 6th Street. The same light blue Buick was seen traveling west on West 6th Street, and appeared to be looking for the three males. Another video surveillance system captured the same black males subsequently entering a residence on West 6th Street, while the light blue Buick parked just east of the same residence.

“The defendants in this case ruthlessly murdered the victim, Shaquan Cruz-Chappell, in broad daylight on summer evening,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “As the result of surveillance video and assistance from the community, we were able to make apprehend those responsible for this senseless murder. I would like to commend the investigative work of Detective Rhaheem Blanden of the Chester Police Department and CID Detective Vincent Ficchi along with the United States Marshals who ensured these fugitives were captured and brought to justice to answer for their crimes.”

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

 

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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: August 16, 2018 
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

Delco DA launches countywide community-law enforcement camera program

Media, PA – In an effort to proactively address crime and also keep residents safe in Delaware County, District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland launched a countywide community camera partnership program for homeowners and businesses to register their camera systems.  Joined by Delaware County Council Chairman John P. McBlain and police chiefs from Delaware County, the announcement was made at the 1700 block of Ridegway Road in Haverford Township at the home of the first registrants.   

Through the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division, the program, known as DA DelCAM will provide a valuable tool in the fight against crime countywide. It will also serve as a proactive measure to ensure the safety of vulnerable residents and locate missing persons such as children and older residents.

“For law enforcement, video surveillance is one of the best forms of evidence and it is also a helpful tool in locating and protecting some of our most vulnerable residents, such as a child who may have wandered off or run away from home, someone suffering from drug addiction or mental illness, or an older resident who may be suffering from dementia who strays from their residence,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. 

Through this program, law enforcement will have the capability to know where cameras are located throughout the county and access footage quickly and solve crimes faster while also empowering the public to help law enforcement fight crime in their own community. Those who register their camera system will receive a letter from the District Attorney and DA DelCAM emblem to post to show they are participants

“Sharing video surveillance systems with law enforcement is a great example of community-law enforcement partnerships and we believe this is a step forward as we investigate crimes in our community and work towards reducing gun violence,” said District Attorney Copeland.

Delaware County residents and businesses are encouraged to register their surveillance cameras online through the District Attorney’s secure website at www.DAdelcam.com.  Participation in the program is strictly voluntary and all information will be kept in a secure database which will only be accessed by verified members of law enforcement. Information provided to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office regarding camera systems will be used for official purposes only and cameras will only be accessed in person with the express consent of the owners. Information from registrants will be stored in a secure database where law enforcement can obtain information regarding video surveillance cameras throughout the county. Through the use of the portal, law enforcement will be able to identify the location of video surveillance cameras that may have recorded the crime and also events relevant to the investigation. As investigations progress, law enforcement would contact the camera’s owner and request permission to access images to aid in the investigation.

Residents are reminded that if they have witnessed a crime or believe a crime is in progress, they should always immediately contact local authorities by calling 911.  For more information, and to securely electronically register a camera system, residents can visit the District Attorney’s website at www.DADelCAM.com

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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: SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

Correctional Officer arrested for bringing drugs into George W. Hill Correctional Facility

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Bramiir Shareif Cannon, 25, is facing felony contraband charges for sneaking K-2, synthetic marijuana, into the George W. Hill Correctional Facility on August 30, 2018.

Bramiir Shareif Cannon, 25, of the 3000 block of Kent Road in Folcroft, is charged with contraband, which is a felony of the second degree. The investigation was conducted by George W. Hill Correctional officers and Detective Edward Kazlo, Sergeant Kenneth Bellis and Detective Edmond Pisani of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID). 

On August 30, 2018, an investigation was launched following a report of contraband at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility. Upon arrival, detectives discovered that Correctional Officer Bramiir Cannon was scheduled to work the second shift but arrived approximately three hours late. When he arrived, Cannon was ordered to report to the office of the shift commander, who noticed Cannon was walking with a limp and had a large bulge in the groin area of his pants. When questioned about what was in his pants, Cannon advised he was tired of being harassed and left the room. The shift commander immediately had the sally port secured and backup correctional officers were called to the scene.  The correctional officers confronted Cannon, who admitted he was in possession of contraband and upon being asked to surrender to a search, Cannon removed three bundles of a green leafy substance and 40 cigarettes. 

In response to the report of contraband, CID Detective Kazlo and Sergeant Bellis interviewed Cannon, who told them that his vehicle was unreliable and often broke down and he needed money to repair it. Cannon admitted that after speaking with an inmate at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility about his money problems, the inmate advised Cannon he would pay Cannon between $200 to $250 if Cannon would bring contraband into the prison for the inmate. Cannon admitted that he intended on delivering the contraband that he has secreted in his pants to the inmate. During the interview with detectives, Cannon advised the green leafy substance was K-2, a synthetic marijuana. A field test confirmed that the green leafy substance recovered from Cannon was synthetic cannabinoids. When asked if he knew bringing the contraband onto the prison grounds was illegal, Cannon admitted that he knew it was wrong but that he needed money to repair his car.

“Just recently, 25 state prisons across the state were placed on lockdown due to visitors smuggling drugs into our state prisons—a very dangerous felony crime that puts the safety of corrections officers, staff, inmates and community members at risk,” said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “In the case of the defendant, he is held to a higher standard of conduct, and instead of doing his job of ensuring the safety of the prison, Mr. Cannon breached the trust of his colleagues, and put their safety at risk by bringing this substance into his workplace.  I would like to commend the investigators at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility for their swift response and for immediately launching an investigation into this matter. We commend the prison administration for their continued vigilance and daily efforts to ensure the safety of the inmates and our community by preventing drugs and contraband from entering the prison. I would also like to commend CID Detectives Edward Kazlo and Edmond Pisani and Sergeant Kenneth Bellis for their investigative efforts that led to the arrest in this case.” 

Bramiir Shareif Cannon was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Walter A. Strohl who set bail at ________. His preliminary hearing date is scheduled for ________

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

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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: August 31, 2018 
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

 

Maryland woman arrested for sneaking drugs into prison for her fiancé inmate

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Rebecca Anne MacBryghde, 40, of Cumberland, Maryland, is facing felony contraband charges for sneaking suboxone into the George W. Hill Correctional Facility on August 16, 2018, to deliver it to an inmate who is her fiancé.

Rebecca Anne MacBryghde, 40, of the 500 block of Patterson Avenue in Cumberland, Maryland, is charged with contraband, a felony of the second degree, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, an ungraded felony. The investigation was conducted by Detective Brian Patterson and Sergeant Jack Kelly of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and investigators and correctional officers with the George W. Hill Correctional Facility. 

On August 16, 2018, at 7:33 p.m., Rebecca MacBryghde entered the George W. Correctional Facility to visit her fiancé who was the inmate. A correctional officer conducted a mandatory visitor search of MacBryghde, at which time a suboxone strip, a Schedule III controlled substance, fell from her bra.

In response to the report of contraband in the prison, CID Sergeant Jack Kelly and Detective Brian Patterson responded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility to conduct an investigation. Prison K-9 Officers conducted a search of MacBryghde’s 2018 Silver Kia Soul that she had used to drive to the prison.  Officers located numerous items, including a black cylinder container that contained marijuana, two pipes, a marijuana grinder, numerous assorted empty zip-lock plastic bags, several used needles, and a metal spoon.

“Bringing drugs into a correctional facility is extremely dangerous and puts the safety of corrections officers, staff, inmates and community members at risk,” said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “Those who attempt to sneak drugs into prison will be arrested and prosecuted for this felony offense. I would like to commend the correctional officers at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility and CID Detective Brian Patterson and Sergeant Jack Kelly for their investigative efforts that led to the arrest in this case.” 

Rebecca Anne MacBryghde was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Diane M. Holefelder who set bail at ten percent of $75,000 which she failed to post. Her preliminary hearing date is scheduled for August 30, 2018 before Magisterial District Judge Wendy B. Roberts.

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

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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
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

CID Sergeant Jack Kelly retires after 56 years of law enforcement service

After more than five decades of dedicated service, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office

Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Sergeant Jack Kelly of Aston will be officially retiring from the force on August 31, 2018.

Sergeant Kelly began his 56-year law enforcement career at the age of 23, when he joined the Military Police Corps, the law enforcement branch of the United States Army. As a Military Police Officer (MP), he served his country for three years, including serving a tour in Korea. In 1966, he was sworn in as a police officer for the Radnor Township Police Department where he served for 27 years. Sergeant Kelly joined the Delaware County Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division in 1992, and during his 26 years, he rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the head of the CID Child Abuse Unit where he worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and protection of children in Delaware County. 

“On behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, we wish Sergeant Kelly all the best in his well-deserved retirement after 56 years of dedicated service to the residents of Delaware County,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “As one of hardest working, upstanding and committed investigators I know, Sergeant Kelly will be greatly missed, and there is no question that his years of dedicated service have made Delaware County a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

 

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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: August 28, 2018 
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252