Case # 20-034253

Attempted Murder Arrest Update

On November 15, 2020, Abington Police Department officers responded to the Willow Grove Park Mall for a report of a shooting that had just occurred.  Upon arrival, officers located a male victim struck by gunfire lying on the pavement outside the second-level entrance doors.  The suspects fled the area before police arrived.  An investigation was initiated, and it was determined that the victim was shot by two individuals after a verbal altercation occurred inside the mall. The victim is being treated for serious injuries, but is expected to survive. As a result of the investigation, police were able to identify both suspected shooters. On November 20, 2020, 18-year-old Heyzer Perez-Maldonado, of the 1700 block of Orthodox St., Philadelphia, was taken into custody at his residence. On November 23, 2020, the second suspect, 17-year-old Justin Bermudez of the 3000 block of H St in Philadelphia was taken into custody at his residence, and will be charged as an adult. Abington Police were assisted by the Philadelphia Police Department throughout the arrest process of both suspects.

Both Perez-Maldonado and Bermudez were charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Carrying a Firearm without a License. Bail for each was set at $500,000 cash. Anyone with information regarding this incident is advised to contact the Abington Police Department Detective Division at 267-536-1101.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.

Approved for Release by~ Lt. Steve Fink

 

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