YEADON — Yeadon police have issued arrest warrants against two Philadelphia residents for a robbery attempt that left one of the would-be robbers dead.
Police Chief Anthony Paparo announced Monday that Tyrone "Chub" Madison, 26, and Jhimeia "Mimi" Harrell, 37, are wanted for weapons offenses and robbery following the shooting death of Omar Thompson, one of at least four potential suspects involved in a robbery attempt against a 23-year-old man in an alleyway behind the Parkview Court Apartments on the 2500 block of Alfred Drive last month. Thompson's death has been ruled an act of justifiable homicide.
According to Paparo, the 23-year-old arranged online and through text a meetup around 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 18 for the suspects to buy some hair extensions from the budding entrepreneur. Harrell, and another woman only known to police as "Bernie," allegedly met with the soon-to-be robbery victim and had some banter about the price of the hair. "Bernie" said she had to get money and left while Harrell walked to the back of the man’s car, police said.
“The victim at that point looked in his rearview mirror and observed a male running behind his car, which was Omar Thompson,” said Paparo. “Omar literally jumps in the front driver’s side window and is on top of the victim, forcing a handgun into his stomach and demanding all of the property that the victim had brought with him.”
The victim was licensed to carry a firearm and used his gun to fire three shots, the first hitting Thompson in the head, killing him instantly. Due to Thompson’s large size, he was passed out dead on the victim who was pinned to his seat unable to escape. The victim got the car door open and pushed Thompson out of the window, all the while the car, still in drive, is rolling down the alley, “creating more panic for him.” He caught up with his car and drove off. He called 911 about the incident and was told to go to a safe place, which was the Clifton Heights Police Department. Police met him there and he was cooperative.
At 11:23 p.m., 911 was called for a report of shots fired in the alley behind the apartment building.
A witness to the crime told police that he saw a male walking back to a cream-colored Buick with Harrell and carrying a handgun. According to Paparo, Madison told police that he was at the end of the alley when he heard the shots, ran up to find Thompson dead and then ran for cover.
“We believe that he was at the scene, at the car and when the shooting occurred Omar landed on the ground, Tyrone took the gun lying on the ground and that’s what witness saw,” said Paparo.
The victim’s gun was accounted for, but the firearm allegedly used by Thompson and recovered by Madison has not yet been found.
As police were doing investigatory stops of people in the immediate area of the shooting, police made contact with a man who turned out to be Madison.
“During the course of the conversation it was learned that he was from the Philadelphia area and was visiting relatives in the Darby area and he heard shots and ran for safety,” said Paparo. “That was not true.”
His first interaction with police that night was captured on body camera worn by an officer.
“When you watch the dynamics of the body cam video he seems to be very interested in what’s going on and listening intensively as police are putting out information over the police radio,” Paparo added.
Sometime that night a woman who turned out to be Thompson’s ex-girlfriend inquired about him and she heard about his death from Madison.
“Within minutes of the shooting and Omar being killed he went to her home, which is also in Yeadon, and let her know that Omar had just got smoked,” said Paparo.
When Paparo personally called Madison around 2 a.m., he, “acted like it was the first time he heard his friend was deceased.”
“Unbeknownst to me, because I didn’t have the reports yet, my officers already stopped him so and he was already in a police report,” said Paparo. “He was already lying in the initial contact I had with him.”
Unsure of his involvement in the crime at the time, police took further information from Madison when he went to the police station and gave “pertinent information” that led to the discover of Jhimeia "Mimi" Harrell. She had contacted her friend, only known to police as ‘Bernie,’ about getting hair extensions from the 23-year-old. Police used texts message between Harrell and "Bernie" to link their connection to the victim and robbery.
Harrell supposedly told police she did not know Thompson, but was reportedly at his funeral.
Because the shooting death of Thompson was ruled justifiable homicide, other homicide charges cannot be filed against Harrell, Madison or "Bernie."
“At this point we’re looking at firearm violations and robbery,” said Paparo.
Police are still trying to solidify "Bernie’s" true identity to issue a warrant against her. He plead at Monday’s press conference for "Bernie" to turn herself in because, “the door is slowly closing” on her time to talk with police.
Even though the 23-year-old victim killed someone to protect himself, Paparo said he was like a deer in headlights in understanding the gravity of the situation.
“I told him, ‘You did what you had to do to save your life,’” said Paparo. “’You don’t know this, but there was another guy in the back of your car and you just didn’t see him because you were fighting with Omar.’ With that, he just broke down.”
The victim, and Paparo, believe that had he not killed Thompson, Madison may have killed the 23-year-old.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Madison, Harrell and "Bernie" are asked to contact Yeadon police at 610-623-1500, ext. 144.