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Published on May 29, 2024
Final Suspect in Attack on Off-Duty Philadelphia Cop Arrested by U.S. MarshalsSource: X/U.S. Marshals Service Philadelphia

The search for the final suspect in the violent assault and robbery of an off-duty Philadelphia police officer has ended. Arthur Jones, 38, was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals yesterday, confirming the close of the manhunt according to officials.

Getting stuck at a traffic choke point earlier this month, Officer Eric Rodriguez, 42, became the center of a violent altercation after honking his horn behind another vehicle. The incident, taking place on May 12 just before 7 a.m. along Oxford Avenue, escalated quickly when Jones and three other individuals attacked and robbed Rodriguez, leaving him with substantial injuries. NBC Philadelphia reported that Rodriguez, seeking treatment at Temple University Hospital, sustained a black eye, multiple bruises on his face, and a leg injury.

In a turn of events that led to the swift capture of the fourth suspect, the U.S. Marshals received a tip that Jones was hiding in a hotel in Southwest Philadelphia. He was arrested without incident around 11:30 a.m. and is now facing charges of aggravated assault, robbery, and firearms possession, as NBC Philadelphia described.

Further detailing events on the day of the attack, CBS Philadelphia recounted how Rodriguez's gesture of frustration turned into a nightmare when an individual named Khamil Brown – also known as Duke – punched him in the face. The attack was a group effort, as stated by investigators, with a second assailant, Dennis, brandishing a handgun before others joined in. While identified himself as law enforcement, leaving his vehicle, Rodriguez was then put into a headlock by a third attacker, Yusef Coleman, as CBS Philadelphia reported.

Earlier in the case, a suspect known as "Duke" surrendered on May 14, alongside the arrest of a 34-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man being taken into custody in connection with the officer’s assault. These apprehensions were made clear in reports from FOX 29 News. With Jones now in custody, the entirety of the suspects accused of this confrontation and theft have been accounted for, ushering a sense of closure for Officer Rodriguez and the Philadelphia law enforcement community.