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Teen charged in slaying of Bustleton cycle owner

A North Phil­adelphia teen has been ar­res­ted and charged with the murder of a Bustleton man who was just days away from gradu­at­ing col­lege.

Mem­bers of the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s SWAT team and the U.S. Mar­shal’s Fu­git­ive Task Force took Jef­frey Little, 19, in­to cus­tody without in­cid­ent on Fri­day, May 20, on the 3100 block of N. 16th St.

Po­lice said they had re­ceived an an­onym­ous tip.

Mo­han Varughese, 23, had been vis­it­ing his girl­friend on the 2200 block of N. Ca­mac St. on May 9 when an armed man ap­proached him and de­man­ded the keys to his mo­tor­cycle. The gun­man shot Varughese when he re­fused.

Varughese was taken to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al. He was pro­nounced dead at 5:42 p.m. The vic­tim, a Fath­er Judge High School gradu­ate, had been slated to re­ceive his bach­el­or’s de­gree from Penn State-Abing­ton on May 13.

Little, who will turn 20 in mid-June, was charged with murder and weapons of­fenses. He is be­ing held in the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for June 8. ••

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