One suspect was killed and a second wounded in a home-invasion robbery early Monday in Northeast Philadelphia’s Mayfair section, police said.
Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said at a news conference that two men, ages 23 and 24, wore masks while forcing their way into a rowhouse on the 7100 block of Walker Street about 4:15 a.m., apparently looking to steal drugs.
After taking a cellphone from a 9-year-old boy’s bedroom, Smith said, the men went into another bedroom, put a gun to the head of a 33-year-old woman, and demanded cash. During the robbery, Smith said, someone with a gun — possibly the woman’s boyfriend — came into the room and started shooting at the would-be robbers.
Smith did not identify the person who fired the gun, and said investigators were not sure where he had been before he opened fire.
The 23-year-old robbery suspect was struck in the back before jumping out a second-floor window, Smith said. Officers who responded to the scene found the man in the yard and took him to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:01 a.m.
Smith did not identify the man pending family notification.
Police believe the second suspect, Elvin Laureano-Ubiera, 24, ran down the stairs and out of the house. He later arrived at Nazareth Hospital in a private vehicle with gunshot wounds to the left arm, police said. Smith said Laureano-Ubiera was in stable condition.
On Friday, police announced that Laureano-Ubiera had been charged with murder, robbery, and related counts for allegedly helping to initiate the crime that led to the fatal shooting.