Video surveillance helps police solve two unrelated homicides in Chester
MEDIA, Pa -- Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Chester Police Chief James Nolan, IV, announced that video surveillance helped police solve two unrelated homicides that occurred on May 23 and May 28, 2019. O’Neil Douglas, 26, is charged with homicide in a fatal shooting that occurred on May 23, 2019, in the area of the 600 block of West 9th Street in Chester which resulted in the death of a male victim. Andrew Patrick, 32, is charged with homicide in a fatal shooting that occurred on May 28, 2019, in the area of the 2500 block of West 3rd Street in Chester which resulted in the death of a male victim.
On June 3, 2019, O’Neil Douglas, 27, of the 800 block of Guenther Avenue in Yeadon, was arrested and charged with criminal homicide, murder of the first and third degree, and possession of instruments of crime. The investigation was conducted by Detective Michael Canfield of the Chester City Police Department and Detective Daniel McFarland of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Homicide Unit. The facts which led to these charges are as follows:
On May 23, 2019, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Chester Police were dispatched to the area of West 9th Street for a male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Upon arrival police observed a male, later identified as Rudolph Brown, lying on the front walk of the business. O’Neil Douglas was on scene at the time and admitted to law enforcement that he shot the victim. He was in possession of a .40 caliber handgun which was seized by law enforcement. The victim was transported by ambulance to Crozer Chester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Through the course of police investigation and witness testimony, it was determined that O’Neil Douglas was friends with the victim’s girlfriend. The victim and Douglas had a disagreement about the manner in which the victim treated his girlfriend. On May 23, 2019, the victim and Douglas spoke on the phone and during a verbal altercation, Douglas stated that the victim threatened him and his family. Douglas worked at local Chester business and on May 23, 2019, the victim appeared at the business. Video surveillance at the business showed that Douglas, while armed with a firearm in his hand, was within the business when the victim appeared at the door. Douglas unlocked the front door and allowed the victim to enter the business. The two of them began to talk and the victim then walked back to the front door to leave but kept his foot in the threshold. Douglas then kicked the victim twice in the shin, after which the victim removed his foot. The victim began to open the door and Douglas shot the victim, striking him in the torso.
As a result of the investigation, video surveillance, ballistic evidence, and witness testimony, Douglas was identified as the individual who shot the victim in the chest on the morning of May 23, 2019.
In an unrelated shooting, on June 4, 2019, Andrew Patrick, 32, from the 300 block of East 22nd Street in Chester, was arrested and charged with criminal homicide and first and third-degree murder, felonies of the first degree, along with possession of an instrument of crime, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The investigation was conducted by Detective Joseph McFate of the Chester City Police Department and Detective Timothy Deery of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Homicide Unit. The facts which led to these charges are as follows:
On May 28, 2019, at 12:42 a.m., Chester City Police Officers responded to a radio call for the report of a gunshot victim in the area of the 2500 block of West 3rd Street. Upon arrival, officers located the shooting victim, later identified as Ricardo Brown, lying on the sidewalk, having been shot once in the back. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Chester Police and CID Crime Scene Officers processed the crime scene and discovered one 9mm fired cartridge casing (FCC) near the victim’s body and a second 9mm FCC in a rear yard of the residence where the victim was located. While on scene, Chester Police were dispatched to a residence in Chester regarding the victim’s homicide. Police Radio reported that a male who identified himself as Andrew Patrick reported he was involved in a robbery/shooting in the vicinity where the decedent was found. Patrick reported he had the involved firearm and that he would wait for officers to arrive. Patrick was interviewed by police personnel and his firearm, a 9 mm Smith and Wesson MP Shield and accompanying magazine, was taken into evidence. Both FCCs recovered from the scene were determined to have been fired from Patrick’s firearm.
Law enforcement interviewed Andrew Patrick who reported that he was in the rear alley of the 2500 block of 3rd Street when he was approached by Brown and another male (Witness #1). Patrick greeted the two males and stated Witness #1 had a firearm in his hand that was pointed at the ground. Patrick stated that Witness #1 told Patrick to take everything out of his pocket. Patrick then pulled out his firearm and everyone then “scattered.” Patrick denied seeing a firearm on the victim, however, stated he saw the victim reach towards his waistband. Patrick stated that he and the victim ran in the same direction, and both of them ran through an alley and cut through the same yard. Patrick stated the victim ran down a dead end and Patrick then shot the victim. Patrick claimed the victim then threw his hands in the air, ducked, and then began to run towards Patrick, when Patrick fired a second shot at the victim.
Detectives reviewed video surveillance in the vicinity of the initial meeting place between Patrick, the victim, and Witness #1. The video showed all three individuals meeting and then suddenly scattering. Patrick was then observed running five to 10 feet behind the victim with his arm extended, consistent with running after the victim while pointing a firearm at the victim.
As a result of the investigation, video surveillance, ballistics evidence, and witness testimony, Patrick was identified as the individual who shot the victim in the back during the early morning hours of May 28, 2019.
Chester Police Chief James Nolan, IV, stated, “Unfortunately in the past few weeks there has been an uptick in shooting deaths in the City. We were at an all-time low the first quarter of 2019 but, in the last few weeks, the number of homicide deaths has jumped to seven. Our investigators will do everything possible to ensure those involved are brought before the Court. These two arrests show a fast response to the gunplay that recently kicked off. Those that would take the life of another should take note. It is my sincere hope that seven is the final number of homicide deaths in Chester this year.”
“In two unrelated shootings that occurred within days of one another, two men’s lives were tragically cut short when they were shot and killed in the City of Chester. As the result of the swift response and outstanding investigative efforts of the Chester Police and our Criminal Investigation Division, along with crucial video surveillance, we were able to quickly make arrests in these cases and retrieve the weapons used to commit these homicides. We do not tolerate any acts of violence in our neighborhoods here in Delaware County. I commend Chester Police Detectives Canfield and McFate and CID Detectives McFarland and Deery, along with all of the investigators who assisted with this case, for bringing justice to the victims and their families,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 4, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Meredith McLain, 610.891.4242