PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Federal prosecutors have charged two men with assaulting a South Philadelphia teen and robbing her family at gun point of their life savings.
On Friday, United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced Khaiyri Burgess and Shaquan Johnson are facing multiple charges.
McSwain says in August of 2018 the two men pulled a 17-year-old from her bed, pistol-whipped her in the head several times, and then held her at gunpoint as the pair robbed the family of their life-savings and jewelry.
The girl’s parents are the owners of a restaurant on Washington Avenue and 10th Street. The two 20-year-old men, prosecutors say, threatened the girl that if she didn’t lead them to the safe they would kill her, then kidnap and dump her body.
“As alleged in the Indictment, the complete disregard that these defendants had for the safety of others, especially for a child, is appalling,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “No one should need to worry about having their home robbed, their child dragged out of bed and pistol whipped, and their life savings stolen. This Indictment is an example of how my office is working to get dangerous criminals off the streets of Philadelphia.”
This case was brought by a new federal initiative called the “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” The initiative is collaboration between federal and local law enforcement agencies.
“The arrests of Khaiyri Burgess and Shaquan Johnson, and the investigation which led to them, are evidence of the merits of strong and consistent inter-agency collaborations,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. “Project Safe Neighborhoods promotes, and provides a platform for, these multi-tiered collaborative efforts. With these arrests, two dangerous offenders will be removed from the communities which they have victimized. We anticipate that arrests like these will continue to have an appreciable impact on the safety of our city’s residents and visitors.”
Burgess and Johnson are charged with robbery and weapons offenses.
If convicted, the two men could face life in prison.