PHILADELPHIA, PA - On Tuesday, police announced the arrest of Jonathan Namegabe Akubu, 28, who is reportedly the leader of a hyper-violent carjacking ring.
According to police, Akubu is responsible for the following incidents:
-On Feb. 4, a 45-year-old woman was attacked after parking her car in front of her in front of her home in the 7600 block of Elmwood Avenue. A shot was fired at the victim, but missed. Her Toyota RAV 4 was stolen.
-On Feb. 6, police found 60-year-old George Briscella in the 2100 block of Afton Street, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was soon pronounced dead at Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital. Police found his stolen vehicle a week later.
-Also on Feb. 6, officers responded to a shooting in the 8100 block of Grovers Avenue, and found 28-year-old Aiah Gbessay suffering from gunshot wounds. He died on the scene.
Police are still searching for at least two more suspects who were involved in dozens of carjackings in recent months.
When Akubu was arrested in a Lansdowne apartment complex, several stolen guns (including an AK-47) were found inside the residence. Two of those guns were matched to the murders, according to court documents.
FOX 29 reported:
"We think he’s responsible for a number more, we’re investigating that it’s hard to say exactly how high that number could go, but he is somebody that is clearly in the lead position for a significant number of carjackings," Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Ben Naish said.
A police source told FOX 29's Kelly Rule that Akubu could be linked to over 40 carjackings.
Akubu has been charged with two counts of murder, aggravated assault, robbery, carjacking, firearm violations, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person, and unauthorized use of an automobile. He is currently being held at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility without bond.
*Akubu came to this country from Nigeria and has a long history of arrests and convictions for violent crimes.
In 2013, Akubu pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after shooting at someone, and in 2012, he pleaded guilty to assault after he being arrested for raping a woman. He was last released from prison in November 2020.
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