PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police have identified the suspect in the deadly Haverford Township shooting as his vehicle has been recovered in West Philadelphia.
Police have identified the suspect as 24-year-old Derrick Rollins. He still remains at large.
Rollins is accused of shooting and killing 29-year-old John Le on Saturday near Haverford Road in Delaware County.
Police say he was caught on a security camera fleeing the scene wearing a red hoodie.
Investigators say Rollins is also linked to another seemingly random attack in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia.
It happened 45 minutes before the Haverford homicide. Police say the suspect is accused of shooting at two people, missing them, but hitting the car they were in. He was then seen fleeing in the gray Volvo.
The break in the case came on Tuesday when detectives got a called about that Volvo.
A neighbor saw it speeding Saturday evening just after the Overbrook shooting, but before the killing of Le.
But that eyewitness didn’t know the information was important until turning on the news last night.
“They were able to record the first three numbers of the tag and said the last four digits had 2-3 “eights” in that sequence that’s where the Pennsylvania state intelligence until comes in, they did a search in the immediate vicinity, which led us to the car we recovered this morning,” said Lt. John Walker, with the Philadelphia Police department.
Police found the Volvo in front of a home near the 5100 block of Locust Street. Rollins wasn’t there but his girlfriend was. Police say she’s cooperating.
Rollins is described as 6-feet tall and weighs around 160 pounds with a thin build. He has a dark complexion, full close cropped beard and mustache and was last seen wearing a thin red pullover sweatshirt and gray jeans.
Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
While the initial shock of Saturday’s shooting sent shockwaves of grief through the community, it also gave an added reason for residents to come out to celebrate National Night Out and give thanks to first responders who have worked around the clock to preserve peace of mind.
“There was a murder in this town they are not used to it here. None of us are,” said Pennsylvania State Rep. Jamie Santora. “It was a random act and for everyone to come out without fear is a good thing. It a good sign of support for our police. They know they’re there and have our backs.”
“I think everyone has a sense of relief now our detectives worked hard they worked around the clock to find out who this guy was,” said Haverford Township Police Chief John Viola.