DA Krasner says there is “not a big spike in crime” | Local news

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said that while gun violence continues to rise nationally and in Philadelphia, the violence overall is not in crisis mode.

“I think it’s important that we don’t let this get mushy and bleed into the idea that there is some kind of big increase in crime – there isn’t,” he said. said during his weekly gun violence briefing. “There is not a big spike in crime. This is not true. There is also no sharp increase in violent crime. So none of these things are true. And it is very important to recognize it.

The city’s total homicides are 13% higher than in 2020. But Krasner said overall violent crime in the city is down about 3% from a year ago.

The district attorney’s office has also taken positive action to combat the escalation of gun violence that has hit the city.

A man has been arrested and charged with the alleged purchase of straw and the illegal sale of firearms in Philadelphia.

“To those who think that buying a gun on behalf of those who are prohibited from owning one is a quick and easy way to make money, I have a strong warning to you: you put jeopardize your future and your community, and you will be brought to justice, ”Krasner said.

The district attorney’s office announced Tyrone Patterson’s arrest during Monday’s briefing.

In April 2021, a semi-automatic pistol was recovered from the home of Haneef Wilkins, who was arrested in connection with a homicide, Deputy District Attorney William Fritze said.

The gun was traced to Patterson after an investigation.

“Using the Pennsylvania Instant Verification System, they were able to determine that Mr. Patterson had purchased multiple firearms on March 18,” Fritze said. “As a result, during this investigation, the other two guns he purchased which were also recovered, the three guns were recovered from ineligible people are not allowed to carry due to their felony convictions. “

Patterson, 22, was arrested while working on December 1. He told authorities he left a 3-year-old alone at home when he was arrested.

“Sir. Patterson now faces multiple charges of firearms, illegal sales of firearms and endangering the well-being of a child,” Fritze said.

Patterson also faces three counts of tampering with public information, delivering a gun after 48 hours, lending or lending, supplying guns, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office. , fake ID to buy a firearm and unsworn forgery to the authorities.

He is being held on $ 1.5 million bail.

According to a statement by Attorney General Josh Shapiro: “Buying a gun for someone who is not legally able to carry one is a crime that leads to shootings and murder – c is what happened in this case. … The three straw guns Mr. Patterson bought directly fell into the hands of violent criminals, including a member of the 31st Street Gang charged with murder.

Council member Mark Squilla, District D-1, made it clear that all elected officials must work together to curb the spread of illegal guns in the community.

“Our young people are killing our young people and our family members,” he said. “Straw buyers should know that there are consequences to this action.”

Last month, the Philadelphia Police Department estimated it would have removed more than 6,000 criminal weapons from the streets by the end of the year.

Additionally, the FBI estimated that over 40 million guns were purchased last year alone. And according to National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) records, 1.4 million were purchased in Pennsylvania. This does not include independently assembled ghost guns.

Bishop J. Darrell Robinson of Yesha Ministries said 85% of the city’s 521 homicides are black.

“We can do better than that. Let’s seek to change the culture. And to our young people who get these guns and use them, I say, ‘Please stop because you are harming the community,'” he said. -he declares.

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