Police say they've tracked down 2 men in connection with rail conductor shooting

Mike DeNardo
June 20, 2019 - 3:46 pm

SEPTA Police

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police have nabbed two men in the shooting of a SEPTA regional rail conductor in May. 

The two were wanted for shooting a SEPTA conductor at Carpenter Station on the Chestnut Hill West line while they tried to rob him on May 10.  

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel says the alleged triggerman, 20-year-old Jemil Wylie of Burlington City, had been trying to avoid police. 

"He was moving around from house to house, which is what made it challenging for us," Nestel said. 

But Nestel says information from the public led officers to a house in the 800 block of Sanger Street in Oxford Circle. Officers had the house under surveillance for 12 hours on Tuesday when they spotted Wylie at around 7 p.m.     

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"The suspect came out to sit on the front steps. They moved in. He took off running. There was a chase into the house and he was apprehended and the gun was recovered, too," Nestel said.

His alleged accomplice, 23-year-old Donel Mills, had already been in custody on unrelated charges in Upper Darby.  

There was a $6,000 reward for information in the shooting, and Nestel says someone who gave key information will be collecting it.

"Just a great citizen who still doesn't even know there's a reward out there," he added.

Nestel says the conductor, whose name was not released, is recovering from a gunshot to the lower back and he's still not back at work.