Teen arrested in W. Philly robbery spree now also charged with murder

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A 17-year-old West Philadelphia boy who has been charged as an adult in several robberies during an alleged crime spree last month now also faces homicide charges, police said Thursday.


Ma-King Stewart was charged Wednesday with murder, robbery and related offenses in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Tyshiem Chainey in West Philadelphia.

Police, responding to a report of gunshots about 11:20 p.m. March 26 on the 5900 block of Larchwood Avenue, found Chainey suffering from several gunshot wounds to his chest. Chainey, of the 5700 block of Delancey Street, was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he died that night.


Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives has said that fired cartridge casings at the scene of the Larchwood Avenue shooting matched a gun allegedly stolen by Stewart earlier that same day.

On March 26, about 1:30 a.m., Stewart, allegedly armed with a handgun, robbed a 22-year-old man of his .40-caliber Glock pistol near 61st and Market Streets, police said.

Walker said Stewart then went “on a tear,” committing several armed robberies over the next few days, including that of a 15- and 16-year-old on the 6100 block of Market Street on March 28.





After the younger boy’s father confronted the person who allegedly stole $40 from his son and nephew, he was shot once in the face and once in the hand, Walker has said. The 37-year-old father was in stable condition at a hospital.

Stewart has been charged with robbing the teens and is expected to also be charged in the shooting of the father, Walker has said. He also faces several other robbery counts, one count of robbery of a motor vehicle, two counts of attempted murder, numerous gun offenses and related charges in the alleged crime spree. 












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