NORRISTOWN PA – Two of three suspects sought for the gunshot killing 17 days ago of Pottsgrove High School graduate Kareem Ali Borowy have been arrested and charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder and related offenses, the Montgomery County District Attorney announced Monday (May 20, 2013).
The third, labeled by police as “armed and dangerous,” is still on the loose. A fourth potential suspect has not yet been identified.
The first arrested, Rasheed Teel of Philadelphia, was taken into custody last Wednesday (May 15). The second, Charles Freeman of West Pottsgrove, was apprehended earlier Monday, according to a statement from DA Risa Vetri Ferman. The third, Andre Collier of Philadelphia, “is aware he is wanted and has evaded arrest,” Ferman said, but is being hunted by authorities.
Left unexplained was how any may have known or had previous contact with the 19-year-old Borowy.
Police and Montgomery County detectives allege the trio invaded the West Pottsgrove Township home of Borowy’s mother on May 5 (Sunday), bound members of his family, demanded money, forced Borowy at gunpoint to leave the home with them, drove him into Lower Pottsgrove Township, shot him in the back, and left him to die there along a shoulder of Sanatoga Station Road.
Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz, and West Pottsgrove Chief Earl Swavely, whose officers have worked the case from the start, were part of the announcement of charges.
Investigators so far have determined that Freeman drove the group to the Borowy residence on Manatawny Street. Collier, Teel and “an unidentified male” are the individuals who invaded the residence and abducted Borowy while Freeman waited outside, Ferman’s statement said. Freeman “then drove his co-conspirators and the victim from the residence,” it added.
At one point, according to reports based on court documents, Borowy struggled in the vehicle, and managed to escape through the passenger-side rear door. It was Collier who, the reports said, stepped out of the car and fired two shots from a Glock semi-automatic pistol, fatally wounding Borowy. One bullet was recovered from Borowy’s body during an autopsy, according to the statement.
Progress in the case was attributed to information allegedly provided by Teel under questioning by Lower Pottsgrove Det. Joseph Campbell and county Det. Mark Minzola. Earlier during the investigation, a cell phone reportedly belonging to Freeman was traced to cell towers near the Manatawny Street location around the time of the home invasion, and near the Sanatoga Station Road site.
Both Teel and Freeman are being held without bail at the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA, pending further court action. The defendants will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Samantha Cauffman and Joseph Green, Ferman said.
Anyone with information about the case or the whereabouts of Collier is asked to contact Lower Pottsgrove police at 610-326-1508; West Pottsgrove police, 610-323-2090; or the county Detective Bureau, 610-278-3368.
Photos from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office