Philadelphia homicide detectives said that a suspect wanted for the murder of a North Philadelphia man last month has turned himself in to police.
On Monday, March 5, Maurice Jones, 27, of the 5300 block of North 12th Street turned himself in to law enforcement authorities at Philadelphia Police Headquarters. Jones was wanted for the slaying of Charles Treese, which happened back on February 25.
On the day in question, officers from the 22nd Police District responded to a report of a person with a gun on the 1800 block of North 20th Street. When officers arrived at the scene they found Treese on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Court documents show that Jones has a lengthy rap sheet and has been cycling through the revolving door of Philadelphia’s justice system. In 2006, he was found guilty of carrying firearms without a license and sentenced to 4 to 23 months followed by 3 years probation. In 2004, he was arrested again for carrying firearms without a license and drug offenses, but the case was dismissed. He was arrested in June 2005 for attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses and again, carrying firearms without a license — but the charges were withdrawn.
In an unrelated criminal investigation, federal authorities said that a local physician who ran a “pill mill” out of a North Philadelphia office was sentenced to 60 months in prison.
Lewis Meyer Jacobs, 79, of Philadelphia allegedly sold fake prescriptions from 2005 to May 2010. Jacobs pleaded guilty last September 15 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute abused controlled substances. Jacobs admitted to selling fake prescriptions for OxyContin and Percocets to drug dealers and addicts. Federal prosecutors assert that he charged about $50 for each prescription, earning over $1,000,000 in illegal proceeds.