Pottstown Man Among 3 Charged in 2020 Murder

WEST CHESTER PA – Three members of the same family – one living in Pottstown, one in West Chester, and one in Philadelphia – have been charged with murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy, and related offenses in the December 2020 alleged murder of a 73-year-old Phoenixville man, Ira Solomon of Phoenixville, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday (Aug. 25, 2022).

Arrested were two brothers and a cousin: Raheem Pinder, 46, of Pottstown; Dayon Pinder, 44, of West Chester; and Nathaniel Pinder, 49, of Philadelphia, District Attorney Deb Ryan said.

Raheem Pinder was arrested Wednesday (Aug. 24) and is being held without bail at Chester County Prison; his preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 6. Dayon and Nathaniel Pinder were arrested Thursday and held at SCI Houtzdale and Delaware County Prison.

Investigation of the case by Chester County Detectives and Phoenixville police is continuing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Phoenixville detectives at 610-933-1180. Chief of Staff Andrea Cardamone is the assigned prosecutor.

Allegations in the DA’s complaint

Allegations in the complaint filed by Ryan state that:

“Around 1 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2020, Phoenixville Police Department officers and paramedics were called to the 400 block of Dayton Street for the report of a deceased person. When police arrived, they found Ira Solomon on his kitchen floor in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to his right temple. He was declared dead at the scene.”

“Police found two 9mm shell casings in the kitchen and another projectile in a nearby bathroom. A miniature baseball bat was beside the victim’s body, and a cell phone was in the victim’s waistband. No gun was found at the scene.”

“Detectives learned that friends of the victim saw and spoke to him throughout the morning until approximately 11:30 a.m. Around 12:30 p.m., other friends arrived at his house, and his body was discovered soon after.”

“Police spoke to a witness in the area who described hearing gunshots between 11:50 a.m. and Noon. Detectives later received information that there was a planned robbery of the victim.”

“One of the victim’s friends reported seeing an unknown silver or gray car in the area before the shooting. Through their investigation, detectives located the car, a silver Nissan Altima, and identified the occupants. The Altima’s owner told police she gave Dayon Pinder a set of keys to the car, and that he was the only one who used the car between Dec. 25, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021.”

“Another acquaintance later confirmed that, before the murder, he had introduced Dayon and Nathaniel Pinder to the victim. This acquaintance told the police that on the day of the murder, the Pinders accused him of owing them money, and Raheem Pinder pulled a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at him.”

“Video recovered from multiple cameras in the Dayton Street area on the day of the murder showed:

  • The Altima being driven and parking in the vicinity of the victim’s home between 11:13 and 11:53 a.m.;
  • A man wearing a black baseball cap with white writing, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, a black and white ski mask, and a glove with a white skeleton on it exits the car and walks around the victim’s house;
  • The man, carrying a black drawstring bag with white writing, walks back to the Altima twice and speaks to the occupants; and
  • Finally, the man walks toward the victim’s house and minutes later runs and jumps into the Altima, which speeds away.”

“On Jan. 8, 2021, investigators searched a room at the Clarion Quality Inn on Pottstown Pike in Uwchlan Township after learning that Dayon Pinder was a long-term guest. They seized multiple cell phones and a black drawstring bag with white writing, consistent with the surveillance video images. Tests of the bag’s exterior revealed a particle consistent with gunshot residue.”

“The hotel’s security video shows the Pinders leaving on the morning of the murder and getting into the Altima. Raheem Pinder is seen wearing the same clothing as the man captured on video near the victim’s home.”

“Video later shows the Altima returning to the hotel parking lot at 12:17 p.m. on the day of the murder. Dayon and Nathaniel Pinder are captured on video in the hotel lobby at 12:49 p.m., walking towards a dumpster carrying boxes, before returning to the lobby at 12:51 p.m. without any boxes.”

“Police were able to obtain cell phone and geofence data that put the co-defendants in the area of the murder. The shell casings recovered from the crime scene were submitted to Bode Technology, and a DNA profile was found and entered into the Combined DNA Index System. On Aug. 4, 2022, the PSP Bureau of Forensic Services confirmed a match for defendant Raheem Pinder. Raheem Pinder was convicted of a prior felony that disqualified him from possessing a firearm.”

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