DA adds 2 more suspects in fatal Pottstown shooting on October 23
POTTSTOWN, PA – New video surveillance of a murder in Pottstown last week showed the victim was robbed before being shot, and two suspects are added to the list of people charged and wanted by authorities.
The announcement brings the total to four wanted in connection with the shooting death of Robert Stiles, 27, last weekend. One of the suspects is a minor.
New surveillance video showed the suspects escaped the murder scene in a stolen van and then went to look for food in a Wawa in Royersford, according to a press release from the County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday. Montgomery.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Pottstown Police Chief Mick Markovich announced on Friday morning that two new arrest warrants had been issued for Stiles’ October 23 shooting death in Pottstown .
Warrants against Daijon Harrison, 22, and Ahmad Mohammed, 16, both of Philadelphia, for first degree murder and related charges were filed on October 28, the prosecutor’s office said.
Previously, warrants had been issued against Samir Bentley, 20, of Philadelphia, and Eric Baker, 26, of Norristown, who are still wanted, the prosecutor’s statement said on Friday.
The district attorney’s office reported that Stiles’ murder took place on Saturday, October 23. Pottstown Police were dispatched at 8:26 PM to 429 E. High St. An officer found Stiles lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken by ambulance to Reading Hospital, where he later died of his injuries, according to the prosecutor’s report.
Montgomery County detectives and Pottstown Police have launched a joint homicide investigation.
The homicide was captured by several surveillance cameras, authorities said. A new video and a new sound showed that Stiles was being robbed. Video shows the victim being grabbed by Mohammed, who pulled him into an area in front of 429 High St. and then Bentley and Harrison approach, according to the district attorney’s office.
The DA’s report says Harrison then pulled a gun from his belt and handed it to Bentley, who shot Stiles three times. The victim then fell on the sidewalk. The three men then ran to a dark-colored van, according to the report.
The prosecutor said in the video, as the minibus pulls away, Baker can be seen shooting an assault rifle at the minibus as he runs away.
As Stiles is lying on the sidewalk he can be heard over the audio saying, “I’m hit, I’m hit, bro, I’m hit, help me, help me, help me, help “me, help me, help me, help me, help me,” the report said.
He can also be seen throwing a clear plastic bag, throwing it several feet away from where he is lying. This bag was later recovered from the scene and contained several ounces of marijuana, according to the prosecutor’s report.
Pottstown Police identified the Chrysler Town and Country minivan used as the getaway vehicle and discovered that it had been reported stolen in Philadelphia on October 13. The investigation revealed that the minivan was abandoned with a flat tire in Royersford and was towed from a location opposite the Wawa store on Main Street.
Surveillance video from Wawa showed Bentley and Mohammed entering the store at 8:50 p.m., just over 20 minutes after the murder, and purchasing food, then leaving the store, according to the prosecutor’s report.
“These three men, including a minor with a pending warrant, drove a stolen vehicle into Pottstown from Philadelphia to steal marijuana from Robert Stiles and then killed him,” Steele said.
“What they need to know is that in Montgomery County we are solving our murders, and we are going to find these wanted criminals and prosecute them on all charges,” Steele added.
Harrison is wanted for first degree murder, second degree murder, third degree murder, criminal conspiracy, robbery, person not possessing a firearm, possession of an instrumentality and related charges. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, according to the report.
Mohammed is wanted for first degree murder, second degree murder, third degree murder, criminal conspiracy, robbery, nobody for not possessing a firearm, possession of an instrumentality and related charges. He is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds, authorities said.
Bentley is wanted for first degree murder, third degree murder, criminal conspiracy and possession of an instrument, although additional charges are laid. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds, according to the report.
Baker is wanted for aggravated assault, unarmed and reckless endangerment of another. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds, according to the report.
Steele’s office said anyone who spots Harrison, Mohammed, Bentley or Baker should call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information about their fate should contact Pottstown Police at 610-970-6570 or call the Montgomery County Detective Hotline at 610-278-DOIT (3638).
Read Tuesday’s Patch report on the first two indicted suspects, here.
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