Teen Carjacker Charged As Adult in Murder Of Philly Father
Philadelphia police have identified the 16-year-old alleged carjacker and triggerman in a sinister shooting death of a Philly dad while his 2-year-old daughter was in the backseat. Marvin Roberts, from the 3300 block of Sydeham Street has been charged with murder, robbery, carjacking, criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment of another person and a slew of Uniform Firearms Act violations in relation to his alleged part in the incident that took Gerard Grendzol's life. He is being charged and as an adult.
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Marvin Robert's older sibling, Maurice, is also in custody for his part in the incident.
Detectives say that the pair went into Center City with the clear intention of robbing someone. Luckily for prosecutors, their crimes and getaway were most likely caught on camera.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector James Kelly said that in the 29 years of his service in law enforcement, the videos of the ruthless murder is one of the most disturbing he has ever seen.
Gerard Grandzol was fatally shot in the face. He was returning from an event with his 2-year-old daughter when he was approached by two men, one with a pistol. Investigators say that the perpetrators took his wallet then attempted to steal his SUV, but Gerard refused to let them have the keys because his 2-year-old daughter was in the back. That's when he was shot twice in the face, allegedly, by Marvin Robert.
Shortly after the suspects fled, neighbors came to Grandzol's aid. They bandaged him and held him while waiting for first-responders to arrive on the scene of the crime.
Thanks to a home surveillance system the entire incident was caught on tape, to include audio, and their getaway route was taped and tracked by public surveillance cameras from SEPTA.
Marvin Roberts was caught in Philadelphia. His 21-year-old brother Maurice had fled the state and was busted on the same day in Mount Olive, New Jersey.
The whole incident shocked the nation when the headlines made their rounds through the media and social media. None were more shocked than Grandzol's family and local residents.
Grandzol's neighbors speak of his love for the city of Philadelphia and Spring Garden in particular. They noted how he was involved in charities and civic associations and an all around active member of the community.
Several neighbors stated that the incident was not dissimilar to a spout of recent muggins and robberies that have been on the rise in the area over the past year or so. They noted that this particular fatal incident was a direct result of a rise in violence over a span of many months. The neighbors said that most of the muggings were carried out by teens attacking men and women.
Police are running this latest incident against a database of other armed robberies in Philly in order to establish if they might be connected to the brothers.
Grandzol's funeral will be held on Wednesday.
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