Reward to find killer increases five-fold

    The reward for finding the killer of a Philadelphia Housing Authority worker has jumped five-fold.

    The reward for finding the killer of a Philadelphia Housing Authority worker has jumped five-fold. Carpenter Rodney Barnes was killed on July 25th as he was working on a PHA crew at Raymond Rosen Manor in North Philadelphia. The money is meant to loosen the lips of people who might know who killed him.

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    The original reward offer of $10,000 dollars didn’t uncover Barnes’ killer. Additional donations have increased the offer to $53,000 dollars. John Appledorn is head of the Citizen’s Crime Commission. He says a bigger incentive usually brings people forward, but some people might wait to see if more money will be offered.

    Appledorn: Every case is an individual case, and what opens the month in one case may not do it in another. Right now it’s quite enticing at 53 thousand dollars. You’ve got the information you make the call. We’re not going to say it’s going up, it’s at $53,000 right now.

    Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene says the shooting shook the PHA family, and is hoping the extra money will help bring someone forward in the case. Appledorn says citizens can call the Crime Commission with anonymous information.

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