The suspected killer of Temple University student Samuel Collington — who was fatally shot while unloading his vehicle after returning from Thanksgiving with his family Sunday in Philadelphia — had been charged with armed carjacking over the summer, KYW-TV reported.
However, the office of the city's district attorney, Larry Krasner, withdrew the case when the victim failed to appear in court, the station said.
What's more, the suspect in Collington's killing — 17-year-old Latif Williams, who turned himself in to police on Wednesday — also is believed to have been involved in other uncharged carjackings in the area where Collington was fatally shot, sources told KYW.
But Krasner's office denied that prosecutors withdrew the additional cases, PhillyVoice reported.
Sources also told the station that Williams matches the description of the suspects in four other cases.
What do we know about Krasner?
The far-left Krasner cut plea deals with violent criminals whose lawyers donated to his campaign, Fox News reported earlier this year, citing city financial records.
"It's been a complete train wreck since [Krasner] has been in office," Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby told the Washington Free Beacon in March. "His failed social experiment has driven crime up, driven murders up. On the street, the criminals know that there are no repercussions. They call him ‘Let 'Em Out Larry' — it's a joke."
Krasner also issued a warning to then-President Donald Trump in October 2020 regarding election poll watchers: "Keep your Proud Boys, goon squads, and uncertified 'poll watchers' out of our city, Mr. President. Break the law here, and I've got something for you."
He also accused the Trump administration of suppressing votes "amid a global pandemic fueled by their disregard for human life" and called Trump a "lawless, power-hungry despot."
Oh, and in June 2020 — amid nationwide rioting in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police — Krasner blasted armed south Philly citizens guarding a Christopher Columbus statue as "criminal bullies."
What's the background of the fatal shooting?
Collington, a 21-year-old Temple University senior, was expected to graduate in a matter of months. But when he arrived at his North Philadelphia off-campus apartment Sunday afternoon and unloaded items from his car, a gunman approached him. Williams is accused of attempting to carjack Collington, KYW said.
The attack was reportedly captured on surveillance video, and witnesses said Collington struggled with the suspect before being shot twice. Collington later died at Temple University Hospital.