Philadelphia man wished for capturing, killing lady at Higher Merion Twp. fuel station

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Montgomery County District Lawyer’s Workplace issued an arrest warrant for a Philadelphia man wished for first-degree homicide referring to a capturing dying at a fuel station in Higher Merion Township.

DA Kevin R. Steele says police issued the arrest warrant for Rafiq Thompson, 38, of North forty seventh Avenue in Philadelphia.

Thompson is accused of capturing and killing 31-year-old Tamara Cornelius whereas she was pumping fuel. 

Police had been known as to the Exxon Station within the 100 block of N. Gulph Rd. simply earlier than 10:30 p.m. Friday. 

Officers say they arrived to seek out Cornelius mendacity within the fuel station parking zone affected by a number of gunshot wounds. She was taken to Paoli Hospital, the place she was pronounced useless. 

An post-mortem is scheduled for Monday. 

An investigation of the scene discovered 4 9 mm cartridge casings and a take-out bag from The Cheesecake Manufacturing facility on entrance seat of the sufferer’s automobile, a press launch experiences.

The investigation revealed that Thompson and Cornelius had a previous relationship and that the 2 had met and talked briefly at 9:11 p.m. earlier than she went in to have dinner at The Cheesecake Manufacturing facility.

The investigation revealed the sufferer left the restaurant at 10:15 p.m., walked to the parking storage, then drove to the Exxon station.

The discharge from police says Thompson adopted Cornelius to the fuel station, stepped out of his automobile, spoke to her after which shot her.

He continued to shoot her as she tried to get away, police say. 

Thompson is to be thought of armed and harmful because the firearm was not recovered on the scene.

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Thompson is described as black, stands 5’7″ tall, and weighs roughly 167 kilos.

In the event you spot Thompson, name 911 instantly.

For tips on Thompson’s whereabouts, the general public is requested to name Higher Merion Township Police at 610-265-3232 or the Montgomery County Detectives’ Tip Line at 610-278-DOIT (3638).

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