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Yeadon man arrested and charged with murder in fatal beating of retired postal service worker in October 2017

MEDIA, PA -- Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Chief Robert Smythe of the Darby Borough Police Department announced the arrest of Tramaine Warfield, 18, who is charged with second-degree murder for robbing and fatally beating of 57-year-old Brad Hayes, a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service, on October 24, 2017 outside the Penn Wood Middle School in Darby Borough.

Tramaine Warfield, 18, is charged with second and third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and robbery. The investigation was conducted by Detective Brian Pitts of the Darby Borough Police Department.

On October 24, 2017, at approximately 4:08 a.m., Darby Borough Police Officer Thomas Takacs observed black 2006 Chrysler 300, with the head lights illuminated, parked with the front tires on the curb of 121 Summit Street in front of Penn Wood Middle School. Officer Takacs responded to the vehicle's driver's side rear door and observed a large pool of blood on the ground outside the door. Officer Takacs then observed a male with his head on the floor of the driver's side rear seat who was unresponsive. Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital who was pronounced deceased. The victim was identified as 57-year-old Brad Hayes. An investigation into the homicide was immediately launched by authorities.

As the result of video surveillance from the surrounding area, it was confirmed that the suspect had attacked the victim on October 24, 2017. The suspect is seen stomping and hitting the victim, after which the suspect is seen picking up and dropping the victim, who appears unconscious, to the ground. The suspect then places the victim in the backseat of the vehicle and is then seen attempting to drive away but fails to do so and is observed fleeing on foot running on Summit Street towards Greenway Avenue. During the attack, police confirmed that the suspect stole the victim’s wallet, which was recovered nearby, as well as the victim’s cellphone. As part of the investigation, police sent the victim’s possessions, including the victim’s Philadelphia Eagles #5 Jersey (McNabb) and a pair of blue jeans, for DNA testing to the Pennsylvania State Police DNA laboratory.

On December 5, 2018, Darby Borough Police Department received a DNA analysis report which identified Tramaine Warfield through CODIS as a possible match. Based on prior information, the suspect, Warfield, was known to have attended Penn Wood Middle School in the past and was also known to frequent the area where the homicide occurred. Police located Tramaine Warfield who was being housed at a placement facility. On December 11, 2018, Warfield was transported to the Delaware County Courthouse for authorities to obtain a buccal swab for his DNA and for an interview.

During the interview, at first, Tramaine Warfield denied knowing the victim, however, after authorities pointed out the DNA evidence, Warfield admitted that he met with Brad Hayes after leaving his girlfriend somewhere near Southwest Philadelphia or Yeadon. He then acknowledged that he did recognize the victim's picture. During the interview, Warfield then became very emotional and stated, “I don't hurt people on purpose.” He then stated that he did not intentionally kill the victim and that it all happened so fast, and that his mind was racing. Warfield stated, “I'm not a monster, I just wish I could go back in time.”

“In this case, the victim, Brad Hayes, was robbed and brutally beaten to death at the bare hands of Tramaine Warfield, who clearly has no regard for human life, as he fled the murder scene, leaving the victim to die alone,” said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. “As the result of excellent investigative work by Detective Brian Pitts of the Darby Borough Police Department, Tramaine Warfield is now in prison where he will stay for a long time. While we know his arrest does not undo the damage this brutal murder caused to the victim’s family and loved ones, our office will continue to work to bring justice to this case.”

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

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND CHIEF ROBERT SMYTHE
DISTRICT ATTORNEY DARBY BOROUGH DEPARTMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: December 20, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610-891-4252