April 8, 2014: Today, a jury found 37 year old Demond Thomas of Aggravated Assault, Robbery and gun charges for a March 2012 shooting.
On March 16, 2012, the victim was at his place of business, a sneaker and clothing stand on the 1300 Block of W. Girard Avenue, when Thomas approached him demanding a refund for a pair of sneakers. The victim refused the refund which lead to a verbal and physical altercation between the two men. During that altercation the defendant flashed a gun and then placed his hand around the victim’s neck. As they began to struggle and a crowd of spectators gathered, the victim shouted “someone call the police, he has a gun.” At that point Thomas took the gun from his waistband and shot the victim once in the upper leg. After being shot, the victim was able to break free from Thomas and escape by running down Girard Avenue. Once the victim had fled the scene, the defendant walked up to the stand and grabbed multiple pairs of sneakers before walking away.
Demond Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Judge Donna Woelpperon June 20, 2014. This case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Matt Krouse of the Central Division Bureau.