Three men have been charged with the murder of a known store clerk at a northeast Philadelphia gas station.
Chihean aka Chiheam Jones, 38, of Philadelphia, Robert Miller-Crafter, 25, of Chester, Pennsylvania, and Keyon Vincent, 21, of Philadelphia, have all been arrested and charged with murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy, evidence tampering and other related charges things accused of crimes.
At approximately 4 a.m. on January 17, police advanced at the Exxon gas station along Block 7100 of Torresdale Avenue. When they arrived, they found 67-year-old Siboram Patro unresponsive and bleeding in the convenience store’s office area, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
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Patro appeared to have been shot once in the back. Officers began pushing Patro out of the store, but it was too late, Small said. Paramedics pronounced Patro dead minutes later.
“This is a tragedy,” Small said.
Surveillance video captured the fatal shooting at the Galati Bros. grocery store, investigators said.
“You can clearly see three men entering the property … they all had masks covering their faces,” Small said.
The three men — one in a baggy red coat, the other two in dark baggy jackets — forced open a locked door to the employees-only office area, Small said. Then they attacked the seller and one of them fired a single shot.
“After he collapses, you can see one of the perpetrators remove the cash register from the office and then take it off the property,” Small said.
On Wednesday, police announced that three people involved in Patro’s murder were in custody. They later identified and charged Jones, Miller-Crafter and Vincent as the gunmen.
Patro – known to colleagues as “Pat” – had recently returned from a trip to India, the shopkeeper said.
“My heart breaks for him, his family,” said a neighbor, while describing the worker as a hard worker who would help the community. “There was no reason pointless.”
Neighbors told NBC10 that Patro has been vocal about his concerns about crime and violence in Philadelphia.
A neighbor who did not reveal her full name expressed outrage at Patro’s death.
“You need money, get up and get a job,” she said. “There are a lot of jobs out here and if you need help, get help. Don’t kill people. Don’t rob people. That’s sad. Nobody deserves that. Nobody.”