Media, PA – District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today announced that charges have been filed against a seventeen-year-old female juvenile for the murder of Rasheen Jones, 20, and Kwann Henderson, 19, both of Philadelphia. Jones was an aspiring rapper known as RunUp Rico. The juvenile is charged with criminal homicide, first-, second- and third- degree murder, robbery, theft, possession of a firearm by a minor, conspiracy, and related charges, and is the second juvenile to be charged for this killing. On February 19, 2021, the DA announced the arrest of the first juvenile in connection with this double homicide.
“Working closely with the Chester Police Department, County Detectives were able to quickly identify the shooters involved in the February murder of Jones and Henderson, and a juvenile defendant remains in custody for their murder,” said DA Stollsteimer. “The charges announced today fill in additional crucial details about this cold-blooded double murder. The defendant arrested today may not have been the shooter – but she is just as culpable. She organized the meet-up that led to the victims’ deaths, and she actively worked to hide her efforts at coordination of the robbery that led to murder. Her second co-conspirator has been identified and is being sought. Rest assured that we will continue to follow the evidence to ensure that all the responsible parties are brought to justice, regardless of their age.”
On February 1, 2021 Chester Police were called to West 3rd and Lamokin Streets at about 7:23 p.m. for a report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, officers found a silver Chevrolet Impala that appeared to have crashed into a building on the 1100 block of West Third Street. Two males were found in the vehicle, both of whom had sustained gunshot wounds. Victim Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. Victim Henderson was transported to Crozier Chester Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives recovered surveillance video from inside and outside the convenience store located at 1100 West 3rd Street. Detectives were able to identify the juvenile defendant arrested in February using video footage from inside the store, which captured the face of that defendant. The video footage was also viewed by two witnesses, and each was able to confirm the identity of the juvenile defendant.
Further investigation revealed that on the day of his murder, decedent Jones exchanged several text messages with two cell phone numbers. The messages discussed a location to meet, and an estimated time of arrival. In addition, photos and video clips were exchanged with the same two cell phone numbers with images and information regarding high grade marijuana, prices and quantities. One of the two numbers participating in these exchanges with the decedent Jones was traced to the female juvenile defendant charged today.
On March 4, 2021, Detective Tyler obtained a search warrant for the female juvenile defendant’s phone. Forensic examination revealed messages that corresponded to those on the phone of the decedent Jones regarding narcotics amount, price, and the location of the meet-up. In addition, the forensic examination revealed text message between the juvenile defendant and another individual in which they discussed their intention to rob the decedent for the narcotics, but that they did not want it to appear that they were working together. Included in the cell record was an image of the decedent which the juvenile defendant exchanged with the recipient to confirm decedent Jones as the target of the robbery.
“Today’s arrest was the work of many individuals, particularly Detective David Tyler, who led the investigation, and Detective Tim Deery of the Criminal Investigation Division and Detective Mike Canfield and Officer Marc Barag of the Chester Police Department. The arrest also required the hard work of ballistics experts, cell phone forensic experts, as well as the leadership of the Gun Violence Task Force led by Deputy District Attorney Matt Krouse. As difficult as it is to contemplate the cold-blooded actions of this juvenile defendant, it is important to acknowledge the determination and skill that led to this arrest,” said DA Stollsteimer.
The defendant will be charged as an adult and is being held without bail at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility. No date has been set for the preliminary hearing.