Two arrested in Trax murder

An an­onym­ous tip led to the ar­rest of a man charged in the May 26 murder of Mustafa Shaker. The second sus­pect turned him­self in soon after.


The two men be­lieved to be re­spons­ible for the bru­tal murder of a 50-year-old clerk at Trax Foods store in Kens­ing­ton South were ap­pre­hen­ded last week, thanks to an an­onym­ous tip.

Ac­cord­ing to Of­ficer Tan­ya Little, spokes­wo­man for the Phil­adelphia Po­lice, after re­ceiv­ing an an­onym­ous tip, po­lice were led to an ad­dress along the 2000 block of Nor­wood Street in South Phil­adelphia, where, at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, of­ficers ar­res­ted Quasheam Rich­burg — the 20 year-old man now charged with killing store clerk, Moustafa Shaker.

After the rob­bery, which oc­curred at around 3 a.m. on May 26 at the 24-hour con­veni­ence store at Front Street and Gir­ard Av­en­ue, po­lice re­leased sur­veil­lance foot­age that showed two men en­ter­ing the store and de­mand­ing cash from the clerk.

One of the men was armed with a sawed-off shot­gun.

When the clerk wasn’t seem­ingly re­spond­ing fast enough for the two as­sail­ants, the man who po­lice now be­lieve to be Rich­burg raised the shot­gun and fired twice, killing Shaker.

Ac­cord­ing to Of­ficer Little, mere hours after Rich­burg was ap­pre­hen­ded last week, the second man wanted for his sus­pec­ted in­volve­ment, 17-year-old Mar­vell Har­grove, turned him­self in­to po­lice.

The po­lice spokes­wo­man said both men have been charged with murder, ag­grav­ated as­sault, rob­bery and re­lated of­fenses.

She did not com­ment on wheth­er any­one would col­lect the $2,500 re­ward that had been is­sued for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to Rich­burg’s ar­rest.

Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be reached at 215-354-3124 or hmit­ 


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