SIDEWALKING: 22nd & Montgomery


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INQUIRER: A 43-year-old Camden man pleaded guilty today in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer, who chased the thug even after he was shot in the arm in Bella Vista last year. Rakin Thabit admitted that he and an gunfiring.gifaccomplice robbed a man last June, and that after police approached, he shot Officer Mark Uffelman, who was hit in the left arm, during a chase. Thabit pleaded guilty this morning to four charges — attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He is to be sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Denis Cohen on May 28. Assistant District Attorney Caroline Keating, in reading a summary of facts in Thabit’s case, said that about 1:30 a.m. June 24, Thabit, allegedly with Massa, confronted Bryan Halligan, who was walking home from a church function. At 8th and Fitzwater, the two drew guns, pointed them at Halligan’s neck and back, and ordered him to lie down — telling him to “kiss the ground” — and to give up his money.  MORE

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