14-year-old girl surrenders to cops in case of man found dead in NE Philly home

Tim Jimenez
November 08, 2019 - 6:47 am
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UPDATED: 9 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With her two attorneys by her side, sources say, a 14-year-old girl surrendered to homicide detectives Thursday night. 

This is in connection to the murder of 59-year-old Al Chernoff in his home on Algon Avenue in the Rhawnhurst part of the Northeast. Police say they found Chernoff partially tied to his bed, with a severe head wound and slashes on his chest at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday. 

Al Chernoff
Courtesy of David J. Levin

Sources say Chernoff was killed with some sort of piece of wood with screws.

Acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter says a big reason why the girl turned herself in is because police released surveillance video of her inside the victim's house.

"Family saw the video and identified her as the person in the video and then made arrangements through the attorney to have her come in," Coulter said.

Coulter says no charges have been filed yet, and they're not looking for anyone else at the moment.

Information about the motive, and what happened leading up to Chernoff’s death, has not yet been released.

Chernoff was well known in the animal-rescue community. The Pennsylvania SPCA said it was taking in nine cats, three turtles and two frogs that he cared for.

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