Robert Edmond Davis, 19, was the “offender” in Josh Kruger’s murder, a Philadelphian journalist. Davis is now subject to arrest after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police Says the Suspect and the Murdered Philadelphia Journalist Were Acquaintance
The suspect in the Philadelphia journalist and community advocate Josh Kruger knew the deceased, authorities said Friday. A warrant was issued for 19-year-old Robert Edmond Davis, the “offender” in Kruger’s murder, Lt. Hamilton Marshmond stated at a news conference Friday afternoon. Police called Davis armed and dangerous. Authorities advised anyone with his location to call them.
Police stated the Philadelphia journalist, who advocates for LGBTQ+ persons, homeless Philadelphians, and addicts, may have counseled the teen. “At this time, we believe Mr. Kruger was trying to help Mr. Davis, and they were acquaintances,” Marshmond added. He was just trying to get by in life. He suggested the suspect was homeless. Additional relationship facts were unknown. Police called Davis armed and dangerous. Authorities advised anyone with his location to call them. Kruger, the Philadelphia journalist 39 years old, was shot at 1:28 a.m. Monday in his house. He had seven abdominal and chest bullet wounds, police added. It’s unclear how the gunman got into the victim’s home, which authorities said hadn’t been broken into before the incident early Monday. Police believe Davis wasn’t at Kruger’s home, Marshmond said. Marshmond said cops found Davis at the location early Monday on security video.
Marshmond said detectives were unaware of a motivation. “Right now, I don’t know why,” Marshmond remarked. Marshmond said police have not spoken to the suspect since the murder of the Philadelphia journalist. The Lieutenant praised the public and Kruger’s family and friends “for providing information and assisting the police department in this investigation.” “Without you all, we would not have identified Mr. Davis so quickly,” he continued. Davis is wanted for murder and other offenses. “We want Mr. Davis to turn himself into the police. “We want Mr. Davis arrested safely for the public, officers, and himself,” Marshmond added. Social justice champion and Mayor Jim Kenney’s Office of Homeless Services spokesperson, the Philadelphia journalist was well known in the community. He also wrote for The Philadelphia Citizen and Inquirer.