Teen charged in W. Philly robbery crime spree, eyed in homicide

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A 17-year-old boy who was arrested and charged as an adult in several armed robberies during a crime spree in West Philadelphia last month is being eyed as the gunman who fatally shot another youth his age, police said Tuesday.

Ma-King Stewart, of the 5100 block of Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia,  is a person of interest in the March 26 slaying of 17-year-old Tyshiem Chainey, who was shot on the 5900 block of Larchwood Avenue, during a possible robbery, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said.

Chainey, shot several times in his chest, was pronounced dead that night at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Stewart is also suspected in the shooting that injured a 37-year-old father who confronted him after Stewart stole $40 from the man’s 15-year-old son and 16-year-old nephew on the 6100 block of Market Street last week, Walker said.

The father remains in stable condition at a hospital, Walker said. Stewart has been charged with robbing the two teens and is expected to be charged in the shooting of the father, Walker said.

Walker said Stewart went “on a tear” after he robbed a man of a .40-caliber Glock on the 6100 block of Market Street at about 1:30 a.m. March 26. 

Stewart then allegedly used that gun to rob a man of cash at about 4:25 a.m. that day on the 5100 block of Race Street. That night, at about 11:10 p.m., he walked up to a man in a vehicle on the 300 block of North Salford Street, robbed the victim of his wallet and car keys, then went on a short joy ride in the car, Walker said.

About 15 minutes later, he then used the gun to rob a man of his backpack on the 5900 block of Chancellor Street, Walker said.

A short time later, Chainey was shot a few blocks away at about 11:40 p.m. A police homicide detective declined to comment Tuesday about the case. Walker said fired cartridge casings at the scene of the shooting matched the gun allegedly stolen by Stewart.

The next day — March 27 — at about 9 p.m., Stewart allegedly tried to rob a male by the playground on the 5700 block of Haverford Avenue, Walker said. He pulled out the stolen gun, which was equipped with red laser sightings, fired four times, but missed the victim and didn’t get anything in this robbery attempt, Walker said.

About half an hour later, he pulled out his gun on another male on the 500 block of North Robinson Street and got away with his wallet, Walker said.

On March 28, Stewart allegedly robbed the 15- and 16-year-old boys on Market Street and then shot and wounded the younger boy’s father, Walker said.

Then, about 10:25 p.m. on March 30, he allegedly robbed another male of cash on the 100 block of North 59th Street. During that robbery, Stewart fired his gun four times, striking the victim once in his right arm, Walker said. The ballistics in this shooting match that of the gun that was stolen, Walker said.

Stewart was taken into custody Friday. 

He was also charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy and gun offenses in a March 17 shooting in which he and three other males flagged down a cab driver on the 5900 block of Market Street, and one of Stewart’s companions fired a gun after arguing over the fare, Walker said. The males then fled. The driver was not injured.

In all, Stewart is so far charged with two counts of attempted murder (in the March 27 and March 30 cases in which he allegedly fired his gun), seven counts of robbery, one count of robbery of a motor vehicle, numerous gun offenses and related charges, according to court records. 

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