Arrest in murder of Philadelphia waitress

    Philadelphia police Tuesday arrested a teenager in the brutal murder of a young Philadelphia waitress earlier this month.
    The suspect is expected to be charged with murder, sexual assault, and related offenses.

    Philadelphia police Tuesday arrested a teenager in the brutal murder of a young Philadelphia waitress earlier this month. The suspect is expected to be charged with murder, sexual assault, and related offenses.

    Police say 21-year-old Sabina O’Donnell was riding her bike home when 18-year-old Donte Johnson attacked her. Her naked, beaten, and strangled body was found not far from her Northern Liberties home.

    Captain James Clark, head of the department’s Homicide Unit, says on June 11 police received a tip, giving the teen’s first name and where he lived. Clark says two officers who had prior knowledge of the teen were able to give more details and attempted to stop and question him, but he fled.

    Clark:
    On June 15th Donte’s mother contacted the homicide unit and arranged a meet to turn her son in to police. Last night at about 8:30 p.m. Donte Johnson along with members of his family met with the two officers from the 26th District and also homicide detectives and turned her son in to homicide.

    Clarke says Johnson wanted to take the victim’s bike, and the incident allegedly escalated into the violent murder.

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