Suspect Accused Of Killing Security Guard Inside Philadelphia Macy’s After A Fatal Stabbing

Following the fatal double stabbing of two unarmed security guards at a Philadelphia Macy’s department store on Monday, a suspect has been named and taken into custody.

Suspect Accused Of Killing Security Guard Inside Philadelphia Macy's After A Fatal Stabbing

Tyrone Garcell Tunnell, 30, was charged on Tuesday during a press conference with murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person, possession of an instrument of crime, tampering with evidence, and retail theft.

Investigators from the Philadelphia Police Department identified the deceased as 27-year-old Eric Harrison, who was stabbed once in the neck before being declared dead at Jefferson Hospital.

The second victim, who is reportedly 23 years old, received medical attention for facial and limb stab wounds. Following surgery for his injuries, he is currently in critical but stable condition, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office in Philadelphia.

“The attack of two security guards at the Macy’s in Center City yesterday has left all of Philadelphia with heavy hearts during what is supposed to be a joyous season,” Interim Police Commissioner John M. Stanford, Jr. said “This agony is even more pronounced for the victims and their families. I am thankful for the quick actions of the officers that responded to the scene and transported the victims to Jefferson, as well as the quick actions of SEPTA police in tracking and apprehending this dangerous offender.”

Police provided information regarding the events on Monday at the scene as soon as possible. They stated that the stabbing occurred inside the store shortly after 11 a.m., but that Tunnell’s alleged attempt to steal some headwear had begun 15 minutes earlier. He was confronted by the security guards, who then took the stuff and released him. It is said that the same individual attacked the guards after he returned.

Stanford stated that there have been 250 documented police reports of retail theft at the store this year, indicating a high level of theft. Reopening is scheduled for this Wednesday.

Authorities from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) were acknowledged for their prompt and effective assistance in apprehending Tunnell.

“We have over 30,000 security cameras on our system, and we often say if you commit a crime on SEPTA or are near SEPTA, it will be on video, and you will be held accountable,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said.

According to FOX 29, Tunnell is being held without being granted bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing within the next two weeks.

Tunnell “has a history of mostly retail theft and drug-related cases in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties,” according to Krasner’s office, and there was an active Delaware County arrest warrant for him before the stabbing.

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