Update from District Attorney Krasner, Police Commissioner Outlaw on Weapons Arrests Made at Convention Center; Investigation Ongoing

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Jane Roh, 215–686–8711, jane.roh@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 6, 2020) District Attorney Larry Krasner and Commissioner Danielle Outlaw on Friday gave the following update on an investigating involving two individuals with Virginia residency who were arrested on Thursday night near the Convention Center, where votes are being counted by election officials:

Two individuals from Chesapeake, Va., are currently in custody after being arrested by Philadelphia Police outside of the Convention Center last night. One is a 42-year-old man and one is a 61-year-old man. We will release their names after charges are formally filed against them, which should happen later today.

The two men were arrested last night after officers spotted a silver Hummer SUV parked unattended at 230 N. 13th Street. Philadelphia Police had earlier received information that armed individuals in a silver Hummer were heading to the Philadelphia, possibly to interfere with or disrupt the counting of ballots.

After spotting the Hummer, police officers stopped and interviewed the men, who were standing nearby. After an initial investigation determined that neither had a valid Pennsylvania firearms permit to carry, they were placed under arrest and taken into custody.

Following further investigation, police obtained two loaded semi-automatic Beretta pistols, one semi-automatic rifle with no serial number, and ammunition. Additional evidence from the Hummer was obtained and is being reviewed by local and federal investigators.

A third individual, a woman, who appears to have been traveling with the pair, was not arrested.

The District Attorney’s Office (DAO) Election Task Force along with the DAO Gun Crimes Strategies & Prevention Collaborative continue to collaboratively investigate this incident with Philadelphia Police and the FBI. Firearms-related charges will be filed against the two individuals later today, and the DAO will request that they be held without eligibility for bail pending further investigation.

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