KEY POINTS

  • The police announced the arrests Saturday
  • A suspect was identified as Davis Josephus, who was recently released on bail
  • He had a history of kidnapping, robbery and weapon charges

The police have arrested two men for fatally shooting a dog walker in Philadelphia. The victim was shot dead on Jan. 13 in what the police believe to be an attempted robbery.  

Milan Loncar, 25, of Brewerytown was shot while he was walking his dog in the neighborhood. The Philadelphia police announced the arrests of two men Saturday in connection with the incident which they believe was an attempted robbery.

The police identified one of the suspects as 20-year-old Davis Josephus, who was arrested on charges of murder, news outlet 6ABC reported. The identity of the second male suspect was not revealed.

The police have shared the surveillance video of the encounter. The incident happened around 6.56 p.m. EST when the two suspects approached Loncar who was walking his dog just blocks away from his apartment. The video shows the two suspects reaching into Loncar’s pockets before one of them fired a shot.

Loncar called the police for help from his cell phone and then dropped it. When they arrived, he was found semiconscious, with a gunshot wound to his chest, still gripping his dog’s leash. He was rushed to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.

“It didn't appear that there was any kind of fight,” Scott Small, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector said.

Loncar's family remembers him as a kind and gentle man who loved his family and his dog Roo, who never left his side even after the shooting.

“There's no reason for it. He didn't have any money on him. He didn't fight back. He didn't say anything wrong. It’s just too much. It’s just not right,” Amy Lounsberry, Loncar’s mother said, reported NBC Philadelphia.

Loncar had recently graduated from Temple University and was about to move in with his girlfriend Olivia Gorski. “He was my soulmate, and I don’t think I have a plan anymore without him,” Gorski said.

On the day of the fatal shooting, the police had stopped a fleeing vehicle with four men in connection with a carjacking that happened a day before. The police detained the driver of the vehicle who was later identified as Josephus, one of the suspects in the fatal shooting.

The arrest records indicate that Josephus had a history of kidnapping, robbery and weapon charges. He was released recently on bail in connection with another crime.

handcuffs-3655288_640 (3) The police announced the arrests of two men in connection with the fatal shooting. Photo: pixabay