WILMINGTON, DE – An alleged serial killer was tracked down by authorities earlier in June after officials say that an employee from a store that the suspect robbed had placed a GPS tracking device in the bag of money stolen.
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) June 9, 2021
Police in Wilmington were able to arrest 39-year-old Keith Gibson on June 8th, a man suspected of several murders between Delaware and Pennsylvania, after he allegedly committed an armed robbery at a Rite Aid located on West 4th Street.
Authorities were able to apprehend Gibson shortly after the robbery, noting that an employee at the store location left a GPS tracker with the money taken during the robbery.
The string of crimes authorities say Gibson is behind are quite disturbing.
Police say Gibson was the man behind the fatal shooting of a Dunkin’ employee that occurred during the early morning hours of June 5th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The victim, identified as 41-year-old Christine Lugo, was the manager on duty at the Dunkin’ located on the 500 block of West Lehigh Avenue when police say Gibson held her up at gunpoint at approximately 5:30 a.m. and demanded the money on hand.
Surveillance video from @PhillyPolice shows the victim cooperating with the gunman, handing over money from the register drawer. Despite that, the suspect shot her once, killing her. Police need your help to find him. @CBSPhilly https://t.co/MKp3FSiGNQ pic.twitter.com/zPAgEuLDnp
— Alicia Roberts (@ARobertsCBS) June 5, 2021
Surveillance video from the robbery shows Lugo cooperating with the suspect, handing him the money she had pulled from the store safe. After she handed over the money, authorities say Gibson shot her in the head.
Police say that Gibson was also the man behind the May 15th fatal shooting of 28-year-old Leslie Lizet Ruiz-Basilio, the manager of a Metro PCS store in New Castle County, Delaware who was killed during a robbery.
Gibson had also reportedly stolen the victim’s vehicle after the murder/robbery, which authorities later recovered in the Philadelphia area.
Police in Delaware are still searching for the gunman wanted in the fatal shooting of Leslie Lizet Ruiz-Basilio, who was a mother-of-two.
— Matt Petrillo (@MattPetrillo) May 18, 2021
Investigators also believe that Gibson had murdered his own mother, Christine Gibson, in Philadelphia back in February.
Her body was discovered by a colleague of hers, who mentioned when Christine’s body was found that they “were suspicious, but we had no proof,” that Gibson was responsible at the time.
For the time being, Gibson is being in custody in Delaware under charges of first-degree robbery – but more charges are likely to come as the investigation continues.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner made the following statement following Gibson’s arrest, specifically mentioning the murder of the Dunkin’ store manager from June 5th:
“The crimes we allege Keith Gibson committed on June 5th are shocking. We are heartbroken for Ms. Christine Lugo and for everyone who is grieving her loss.”
“As with all criminal matters, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will seek justice and accountability for this terrible violence, and for the impact such violence has on our communities. All of us — from delivery drivers to store managers — deserve to be safe at work at all hours, and to come home to our loved ones.”
Investigators are also looking into other violent crimes between Delaware and Pennsylvania to determine whether Gibson played a role in any of them.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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In other news out of Philadelphia, a police officer that was fired over social media posts back in 2019 has been reinstated to the force – with backpay – after an arbitrator found that the posts weren’t o egregious to warrant a termination.
Here’s that previous report from earlier in June.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Following a campaign launched by the Plain View Project that published alleged “racist” or “insensitive” Facebook posts from police officers, numerous Philadelphia Police officers wound up being fired or disciplined throughout 2019.
However, one of the officers that was fired during these sweeping enactments of discipline was recently reinstated – with full back pay.
— Sharron Cooks MA (@MsSCooks1) June 3, 2021
The disciplinary actions taken against Philadelphia Police officers started after the Plain View Project started gaining traction with documenting posts online allegedly shared by police officers that could be construed as insensitive, promoting violence, and potentially racist.
A review many of these posts and/or comments made by alleged police officers on this still-active database seem to host run-of-the-mill outrage comments (typically denigrating towards liberals for the most part).
This particular database saw 15 Philadelphia Police officers get fired, with 193 other officers attaining some level of discipline over department policy violations.
Among those fired in 2019 was Officer Christian Fenico, which his posts/comments that were the subject of his firing can be viewed here.
However, reports indicate that following a grievance filed by an arbitrator with the police union, it was ruled that Officer Fenico’s social media posts didn’t prevent him from being a valuable officer to the department.
One of the Philly police officers fired over the Plain View Project scandal has been reinstated with full back pay.
The arbitration process is underway for at least five other officers whose Facebook posts resulted in disciplinary action.https://t.co/bXV4dMeVPR
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) June 1, 2021
Arbitrator Timothy J. Brown reviewed the posts made by Officer Fenico, which the city had described in legal documents as “a mix of racial bias, anti-Muslim sentiment and promotion of extrajudicial violence.”
While Brown thought some of the comments and posts made by Officer Fenico were eyebrow-raising at times, he felt the city went too far with firing the officer over the content posted online:
“I am not persuaded by the city’s arguments that [Fenico] cannot correct his conduct and be a productive member of the department.”
There are reportedly a handful of officers that have been fighting the discipline levied toward them during the 2019 debacle, which at least one officer who attempted to contend his termination was denied reinstatement during an arbitration hearing this past December.
That former officer, identified Daniel Farrelly, had reportedly referred to black people as “animals” in a number of posts to Facebook, which arbitrator Brown found Farrelly’s conduct online “degraded individuals and communities.”
Farrelly, during his December arbitration, told Brown that he felt he posted nothing that was inappropriate:
“To be absolutely honest with you, I looked through them, and, I mean, I shrugged my shoulders. I really didn’t think there was anything super — nothing bad at all to tell you the truth.”
“I posted thousands and thousands of posts through the years. And I never worried about one of them.”
Two years after the police Facebook scandal, we looked at what’s happened to the disciplined or terminated Philly officers.
The arbitration rulings are … interesting reading https://t.co/jpkbIfItE3
— William Bender (@wbender99) May 31, 2021
John McGrody, vice president of the Philadelphia FOP, described the termination of officers over their social media posts was the city basically engaging in “cancel culture” and had even come to the defense of Farrelly during his arbitration hearing in December.
NBC Philadelphia reports that other officers that were caught up on the disciplinary moves made in response to the Plain View Project’s efforts have also resulted in civil suits being filed:
“Some of the disciplined officers also filed two civil lawsuits in recent months. One of those lawsuits that claimed officers were discriminated against for holding right-wing views was dismissed last month after procedural defects, but a second lawsuit is still pending.”
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