A Philadelphia man will spend at least the next 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to a spree that included a carjacking, a robbery and a shooting.
Tyreek Thomas, M/21, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of 1st degree Armed Robbery and two counts of 1st degree Carjacking. He is expected to be sentenced to a combined term of 25 years incarceration, 85 percent of which he must serve before parole eligibility. The sentence is expected to consist of a 20 year term of incarceration for each count of Armed Robbery and 25 years of incarceration for each count of Carjacking, all to be served concurrently.
The plea came just days before the case was scheduled to be tried. Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Pratter would have presented evidence which detailed how about 11:30 p.m. on July 24, 2011, Thomas and a juvenile co-defendant accosted a 50-year-old woman outside the Woodcrest PATCO station in Cherry Hill. She was struck in the face with a gun, pushed to the ground, shot in her side and had her purse taken. The woman recovered from her gunshot wound.
The two defendants then attempted to steal a car from a 58-year-old woman at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 30 in Lawnside but the driver fled. They went to Warwick Road in Lawnside and pointed a gun through the open driver’s side window of a 2000 Mercury Cougar driven by a 45-year-old woman. She was forced out of her vehicle and the two defendants used it to escape.
Their next target was a 76-year-old woman sitting in her car on Linden Avenue in Mount Ephraim. Thomas and his co-defendant used the stolen Mercury to block this victim in her car at 6:30 a.m. July 25 and then tapped on the window with a gun, demanding cash. She passed them money through the window and they escaped to Philadelphia.
The juvenile co-defendant was arrested July 27, 2011 when he was found in the stolen car. He led authorities to Thomas. Police recovered the gun used in the crime spree in a search of Thomas’ Philadelphia home.