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August 30, 2014, 10:20 pm

Second suspect in meth lab case in custody

Portable Meth Lab

Police are still on the hunt for the second suspect who was caught running a portable methamphetamine lab inside the Hampton Inn this past weekend.

The first suspect has been identified as Matthew Phillip Sinson, 27, of the 300 block of North 12th Street. Sinson has been charged with possession of narcotics with intent to deliver and distribute, and possession of narcotics with intent to manufacture.

According to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan, on Saturday July 28, just before 5:30 a.m., police officers from the 6th District and firefighters were called to the Hampton Inn, located at 1301 Race St. in response to a report of a fire. But when police and firefighters arrived they found what they at first thought was an explosives lab inside room 322. Personnel from Homeland Security and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Bomb Squad were called in and quickly learned that what they had found was an active meth lab. The hotel was quickly evacuated without incident.

By reviewing hotel surveillance camera recordings, two suspects were identified and Sinson was later arrested. Police confiscated samples of various chemicals used in the processing of meth and also recovered a large amount of the drug with an estimated street value of over $70,000. As of Tribune press time investigators have not released the name of the second suspect.

The Hampton Inn remains open for business.


Double Shooting

A double shooting in the city’s Mt. Airy section left one young Black male dead and another critically wounded Friday night.

Police from the 14th District were called to the 200 block of East Sharpnack Street in response to a report of gunfire just after 8:30 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene they found two men dying from multiple gunshot wounds and rushed both to Albert Einstein Medical Center. The first victim, Nafis Armstead, 23, from the unit block of East Horter Street was later pronounced dead. The second 26-year-old victim, whose name has not been released by authorities remains in critical condition.

Witnesses said that two to three males in a green colored minivan drove up to the victims and just began shooting. Police recovered the van a few blocks away in the 200 block of Rosemary Lane.


Murder Trial Begins

The trial for a man who shot and killed a 16-year-old Grays Ferry boy back in 2010 started yesterday.

Khaleef Ransom, 23, is accused of murdering Saideen Lewis on July 11, 2010. Ransom is charged with murder, weapons offenses and related charges.

According to investigators, Lewis was dropped off at his home by friends around 1:30 a.m. when another group of young men began chasing him. Ransom allegedly pulled out a gun and started shooting, hitting Lewis in the back of the head in the 1400 block of South Marston Street.