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Reward, second suspect announced in Trax murder

Quasheam Rich­burg, who was twice ar­res­ted for vi­ol­ent crim­in­al be­ha­vi­or and il­leg­al pos­ses­sion of a weapon — and twice let free when wit­nesses failed to ap­pear in court — is now sought in con­nec­tion with the early morn­ing rob­bery and murder of a 50-year-old clerk at Trax Foods store in Kens­ing­ton South.

On Monday, June 6, po­lice re­leased the iden­tity of a second in­di­vidu­al, 17-year-old Mar­vell Har­grove, sought in con­nec­tion to this murder. They also an­nounced a $2,500 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of Rich­burg.

The crime oc­curred just be­fore 3 a.m. on May 26 at the 24-hour con­veni­ence store at Front Street and Gir­ard Av­en­ue.

Last Fri­day, po­lice said that Rich­burg, 20, of the 2500 block of Ridge Drive — near 27th Street and Ridge Av­en­ue — is the sus­pect be­lieved to have gunned down store clerk Moustafa Shaker  last week.

Shortly after the murder, po­lice re­leased video in which two men can be seen storm­ing in­to the con­veni­ence store at 1204 N. Front St. at about 2:53a.m. on May 26.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied Rich­burg as the one who car­ried a shot­gun dur­ing the as­sault. 

On Monday, po­lice named the second sus­pect, who was clad en­tirely in black dur­ing the in­cid­ent, as Mar­vell Har­grove, 17, with last known ad­dresses along the 2400 block of North 28th St. and 1900 block of North 25th St. 

A sur­veil­lance cam­era cap­tured video, avail­able at www.philly­po­lice.com, of the men con­front­ing Shaker.

Ac­cord­ing to of­ficer Tan­ya Little, a Po­lice De­part­ment spokes­wo­man, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials be­lieve it is Har­grove that can be seen de­mand­ing money in sur­veil­lance foot­age while a taller man points a sawed-off shot­gun at Shaker. 

Po­lice be­lieve Rich­burg held the gun and fatally shot Shaker. 

At some point dur­ing the rob­bery, po­lice said, after Shaker re­fused to give them money, the rob­bers tried to take the re­gister. Po­lice said at that time, Shaker at­temp­ted to flee.

That’s when Rich­burg opened fire, hit­ting Shaker once in the head.

After the first shot, the as­sail­ants ini­tially began to flee the store, only to stop a few feet away be­fore turn­ing back and head­ing in­side.

A fright­en­ingly clear im­age of the man po­lice now be­lieve to be Rich­burg can be seen in sur­veil­lance foot­age.

It shows the gun­man stand­ing in the door­way of the store, coldly rais­ing the gun be­fore fir­ing one more time in­to the shop.

At that point, the man po­lice be­lieve to be Har­grove ran in­to the store and headed off cam­era. After he re­turned to view, both men fled on foot.

Shaker died at the scene.

In Ju­ly 2010, Rich­burg was charged with rob­bery, ter­ror­ist­ic threats, simple as­sault, theft and false im­pris­on­ment — only to have those charges later dropped when a wit­ness twice failed to testi­fy, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. 

He was ar­res­ted again in Novem­ber 2010 and charged with rob­bery, car­ry­ing a fire­arm without a li­cense, theft, simple as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment fol­low­ing a Nov. 12 in­cid­ent.

Again, charges were with­drawn when a wit­ness failed to ap­pear in court.

More re­cently, in April, Rich­burg was ar­res­ted for openly car­ry­ing a fire­arm without a li­cense.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Har­grove is known to fre­quent 2500 Ridge Ave. and may be in com­pany of Rich­burg.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one who might have in­form­a­tion on Rich­burg’s where­abouts or might have in­form­a­tion that could lead to an ar­rest to con­tact the Phil­adelphia Po­lice Hom­icide Unit at 215-686-3334 or call 911.

Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be reached at 215-354-3124 or hmit­man@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at hmitman@bsmphilly.com.

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