One of the thugs arrested for looting and ransacking businesses in Philadelphia earlier this week was already out on bail for a murder case from last year.
As Slay News reported, gangs of brazen criminals ransacked businesses in Pennsylvania’s largest city on Tuesday after murder charges against a police officer were dropped in a case related to a fatal shooting.
Police said thugs erupted in a stealing spree after a judge decided to drop charges against a cop who fatally shot Eddie Irizarry.
The unruly crowd outnumbered responding officers as they went from store to store in Center City, the main dining and shopping scene in downtown Philadelphia, local news reported.
Videos on social media show crowds of crooks lifting merchandise and stuffing it in large plastic bags.
🚨#BREAKING: Large Crowds of people have started Riot and Loot multiple stores as Citywide Rapid Response has been Activated
Philadelphia Police have activated a citywide rapid response following large crowds of people gathering and rioting, and engaging… pic.twitter.com/ronKIax9rO
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) September 27, 2023
Authorities in Philadelphia have made more than 50 arrests in a two-day crime spree that destroyed several businesses throughout the city, including one burglary suspect who was out on bail for a major murder case from last year.
The Philadelphia Police Department arrested Kenneth Frye and charged him in connection with looting a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store located on Girard Ave. in West Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Frye, a one-time bouncer, was charged in the death of Eric Pope, according to FOX 29.
Frye was alleged to have fatally punched Pope outside Tabu Lounge in Center City on April 16, 2022.
Frye was charged with 3rd-degree murder in connection with Pope’s death, but the District Attorney’s office has filed a motion to reduce the charge to Involuntary Murder, according to reports.
The social media-fueled criminal activity in Philadelphia on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in more than 50 arrests, including three juveniles, police said.
Many of the arrests occurred at Lululemon, Fine Wine & Good Spirits, T-Mobile, Philadelphia Pharmacy, Aldi, Rite Aid, and Walgreens.
The arrests include charges of Rioting, Burglary, Disorderly Conduct, and more.
Most of the arrests were made on Tuesday, Sept. 26, police said, including:
- Aauanyae Haynes, a black female, 19
- Sabree Young, a black female, 31
- Steven Wells, a black male, 26
- Traqwan Word, a black male, 24
- Lisa Talley, a black female, 34
- Yasmine Fields, a black female, 23
- Kenneth Frye, a black male, 24
- Kyreek Leak, a black male, 21
- Reginal Alexander, black male, 33
- Gabriel Gines, a Hispanic male, 23
- Alena Gigliotti, a white female, 26
- Petra Gonzalez, a white female, 24
- Jessica Blake, a black female, 37
- Semaj Suber, a black female, 29
- Aniya Taylor, a black female, 21
- Hartzog Mashaad, a black male, 27
- Isis Morgan, a black female, 23
- Khalilah Green, a black female, 21
- Ernest McCollum, a black male, 31
- Jessica Arnold-Coit, a black female, 30
- Quanika McQueen, a black female, 31
- Denzel Walker, a black male, 27
- Mikal Reed, a black male, 26
- Tyheed Hill, a black male, 26
- Anthony Abner, a black male, 35
Three juveniles — a 14-year-old black male, a 16-year-old black male, and a 14-year-old black female — were also arrested for Rioting, Burglary, Disorderly Conduct, and Theft at a Lululemon store, according to the report.
At least two others were arrested on Wednesday, September 27, including Joel Gomez Rodriguez, 22, and Giovanni Vargas, 29, both Hispanic males.
As Slay News reported earlier, among those arrested was one of the looters who goes by the name “Meatball.”
“Meatball” live-streamed the action and filmed herself laughing excitedly as criminals ransacked stores and stole items.
She was repeatedly yelling “Everybody must eat” and crooks stole goods from the store behind her.
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) September 27, 2023
She was swiftly arrested by Philadelphia police.
Shortly after, her tearful mugshot was released.
NEW: Philadelphia looter 'meatball' arrested on camera hours after laughing as mob looted Apple, Lululemon and other stores. Here's her tearful mugshot: pic.twitter.com/TmkFFiH2PM
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 27, 2023