Philadelphia has seen over 70 arrests in connection with the recent multi-day crime spree that wreaked havoc on numerous businesses across the city.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, alongside city officials, provided an update on the situation. Clint Orem, acting chief of the DA’s Office’s charging unit, disclosed that 61 adults have been arrested and charged with various offenses, primarily including felony burglary, felony conspiracy, and criminal mischief, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. Two firearms, one of which was in the possession of a juvenile, were recovered on the first night, and five juveniles were arrested.
On the second night, the Philadelphia Police Department arrested six adults on similar charges. Orem stated that the DA’s office is actively collaborating with the police department, meticulously reviewing the extensive video evidence and affidavits. He anticipates that more arrests and charges will follow.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Stanford, though absent from the conference, emphasized that the criminal behavior of looting, burglary, theft, and vandalism would not be tolerated. He conveyed his commitment to working with the DA’s office to safeguard businesses and the community.
The unrest began shortly after the dismissal of charges against former police officer Mark Dial in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Eddie Irizarry. Videos depicted crowds ransacking stores like the Apple Store, making off with iPads and iPhones, while looting also occurred at establishments like Lululemon and Footlocker. Authorities are determined to address these criminal acts swiftly and ensure the safety of the city.