PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 30, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that Tyree Morris, age 41, was convicted on Aug. 26, 2016, of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Rape, Sexual Assault, Possessing an Instrument of Crime and multiple counts of Violations of the Uniform Firearms Act.
“Tyree Morris raped and tried to kill his ex-girlfriend, and at one point, chased her down the street firing his gun, which could have killed multiple innocent bystanders,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “I would like to thank the jury for their service, Victim Advocate Corrinne Arnosky for assisting throughout the trial, the Philadelphia Police Department and Maryland State Police, and Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Fischer of my Office’s Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit for their hard work and dedication during the prosecution of this case.”
On Oct. 17, 2015, in Southwest Philadelphia, the defendant restrained and raped his live-in twenty eight year old ex-girlfriend at gunpoint. He also threatened to shoot her nine year old son if she resisted. Eventually, the victim broke free and ran out of the house. The defendant followed, firing a total of seven shots at her as she fled down the street. When the defendant caught up to the victim, he tried to fire an eighth shot, but was out of ammunition, so instead he choked the victim until she lost consciousness and tried to hide her body behind a car before fleeing the scene.
Philadelphia Police eventually spotted the defendant in his car in South Philadelphia where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. When they searched the car they found two more firearms. The defendant eventually fled to Maryland where, with the help of U.S. Marshalls, he was eventually found and captured, but not until first leading Maryland State Police on a high speed chase and crashing into a guard rail on I-95.
“One in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted before their eighteenth birthday, and each year there are about 213,000 victims of sexual assault in the U.S. Fortunately, help is available by calling the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-723-3014 or 9-1-1,” added Williams.
The defendant will be sentenced on December 2, 2016, before the Hon. Glenn B. Bronson. He faces a maximum of 63.5 to 127 years of incarceration and will be a Lifetime Megan’s Law Registrant.