By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Isheem Young, 18, was arrested on Friday morning in the alleged July Wawa robbery. He is being hold on $150,000 bond.
Young is a Philadelphia star running back, who reportedly committed to play for Penn State two weeks before the alleged incident. The law enforcement authorities allege Young, who was 17 at the time of the alleged robbery, robbed the store at 1600 block of Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia on July 30th.
The suspect, which investigators believe is Young, on surveillance video, entering the store. He presented a gun and demanded money from the safe when the robbery was taking place.
Young, the alleged suspect, reportedly took $13,600 in cash, while instructing two employees to stay on the floor, before leaving the scene on foot. He allegedly ran towards Tasker Street.
Video also caught the alleged suspect getting into a gold Buick Century, where he met up with a getaway driver. The two then fled on I-95.
The tip came on November 30th when exactly four months since the robbery, police found the getaway vehicle on the 200 block of W. Seymour Street. Rafi Johnson, the owner of the vehicle, was arrested as he approached his vehicle.
After Johnson’s arrest, the police received a search warrant to search his home and the vehicle. He reportedly admitted to being the getaway driver in the robbery.
The law enforcement authorities then received more information after searching his property and speaking with him. The authorities also said that Quasir Wingate, a Wawa assistant manager, who was previously interviewed by authorities as a witness, was allegedly involved in the robbery.
According to Philly.com, Wingate is Young’s brother.
The authorities searched Young’s home on Friday after getting a search warrant. Both Young and Wingate were arrested at the location.
The authorities also reportedly found a hooded sweatshirt, which was allegedly used in the robbery. However, they did not find the money or a weapon.
Young, Johnson and Wingate are all charged with aggravated assault, robbery, criminal conspiracy and other charges.
Young was a running back at Imhotep Institute Charter High School. He was the No. 6 rated recruit in Pennsylvania and the No. 170 recruit in the country, according to ESPN in its Class of 2018 recruiting ratings.
According to NBC10 Philadelphia, Young missed Imhotep Charter’s Class 4A State Semifinal win over Bethlehem Catholic on Friday night, which happened after this arrest.
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