Cycle owner won’t give up keys, shot to death by thief


A Penn State-Abing­ton stu­dent from Bustleton was shot to death on a North Phil­adelphia street May 9 by a man who tried to steal his mo­tor­cycle, po­lice say.

Mo­han Varughese, 23, of the 800 block of Oak­field Lane, was sched­uled to re­ceive a bach­el­or’s de­gree last Fri­day but died four days earli­er from gun­shot wounds of the face and neck.

The gun­fire erup­ted at about 5 p.m. on the 2200 block of N. Ca­mac St. Varughese re­portedly was vis­it­ing his girl­friend, a Temple Uni­versity stu­dent, when the gun­man ap­proached the couple out­side of her house and de­man­ded the keys to Varughese’s mo­tor­cycle, which was parked nearby.

When Varughese re­fused to sur­render the keys, the sus­pect shot him and fled, po­lice said.

Varughese, a Fath­er Judge High School alum­nus, was taken to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, where he was pro­nounced dead at 5:42 p.m.

Po­lice de­scribe the sus­pect as a black man in his 20s with a bald head, a light beard and tat­toos on his neck. He wore a black hood­ie sweat­shirt and was last seen flee­ing along Susque­hanna Av­en­ue.


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