NJ woman murder suspect arrested after trying to hijack a Philadelphia man.
philadelphia cream (WPHL) – The person interested in the murder of a South Jersey woman is now in custody after police say he tried to hijack a man in Philadelphia.
Mount Laurel Police conducted a wellness check at the 600 block of Mount Laurel Road on Wednesday after Melissa Malcolm, 38, failed to show up for work. Around 12:30 p.m., officers say they found Malcolm bludgeoned to death in her bed.
Police say Malcolm suffered blunt force trauma to the head. Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and circumstances of death.
The preliminary investigation indicated that Andrew Kramer, 31, of Mantua, knew Malcolm. Police say Kramer used Malcolm’s debit card to withdraw cash from ATMs at convenience stores Wednesday around 2:15 a.m. in Marlton and 4 a.m. in Brooklawn. Police said he was also driving his silver 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time.
At approximately 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia police responded to a robbery at gunpoint in the 1500 block of Brandywine Street.
According to police, Kramer asked a man to come to Kensington, but the man refused. That’s when investigators say Kramer showed a handgun and demanded a ride. During the interaction, police say the victim was able to alert police and lock Kramer inside a garage until officers arrived.
When officers arrived and opened the garage door, police said Kramer was holding a gun to his chin. Officers told the man to drop the gun, but Kramer refused, police say. The police declared a barricade which lasted 30 to 35 minutes. Police say Kramer eventually dropped his gun and surrendered to police.
Philadelphia police arrested Kramer. He faces weapons offenses and terrorist threats. The Burlington County District Attorney’s Office is preparing charges against him for credit card and motor vehicle theft.
No homicide charges related to Malcolm’s death have been filed against Kramer.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Malcolm’s 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has New Jersey license plate number M73 HKY. Police say if you see the vehicle, call the Mount Laurel Police Department at 856-234-1414, ext. 1524 or email [email protected]
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