June 18, 2012: 22-year-old James Ellis has been charged with Perjury after a Grand Jury concluded that the convicted felon lied repeatedly during an investigation into a 2011 shooting in the Fairhill section of the city. A joint effort by the District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force resulted in the charges against Ellis. He is accused of lying to police about his own shooting.
On June 27, 2011, at approximately 7:22 p.m., Ellis was shot numerous times somewhere near the area of 1000 Glenwood Street in Philadelphia by an unknown individual. Ellis was driving a 2000 Buick LeSabre at the time, and crashed into several cars that were parked on the street. Police found Ellis outside the car in a pool of blood, along with drugs and a 9mm handgun on the seat covered in blood. After being treated for his injuries Ellis continued to tell police that he did not know who shot him, even though investigators were able to find information in Facebook postings by Ellis that clearly indicate otherwise.
“The charge against James Ellis sends an extremely important message to the “No Snitching” culture that currently exists in Philadelphia,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “This is a man who was shot multiple times and miraculously lived. Instead of making the most of his second lease on life, Ellis decided to deceive the police and my office on multiple occasions.”
James Ellis is currently on the run from authorities and the District Attorney’s Office has issued a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-8477 (TIPS) or the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office at 215-686-9589.