Philadelphia Man Charged For Throwing Three Incendiary Bombs at Residences in Northeast Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Khalif Tuggle, 28, and John Allen Kane, 53, both of Philadelphia, PA, were arrested and charged by federal Indictment after their local cases were mishandled by the District Attorney’s Office. In a press conference outside the federal courthouse, U.S. Attorney McSwain discussed the charges against Tuggle and Kane in the context of efforts by his Office to fight the tidal wave of violent crime that has engulfed Philadelphia in 2020.
Tuggle has been charged in a three-count Indictment with carjacking, use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and murder in the course of using a firearm, all stemming from his alleged robbery, carjacking, and brutal murder of Thomas Petersen on January 24, 2017. Tuggle allegedly fired a shot into Mr. Petersen’s chest, dragged him out of the car, threw him on the road, robbed him, and left him for dead while Mr. Petersen was screaming in pain. Tuggle fled the scene in Mr. Petersen’s car, and Mr. Petersen died at Temple University Hospital after two Philadelphia Police Officers rushed him there from the crime scene.
Kane has been charged in a one-count Indictment with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on January 17, 2018. Kane allegedly possessed this firearm while on probation for committing his second homicide in Philadelphia.
U.S. Attorney McSwain explained thatthese cases are prime examples of how local criminal justice policies benefit violent criminals and harm crime victims. In the Tuggle case, the District Attorney’s Office agreed not to prosecute the defendant for either first or second degree murder in exchange for information on Tuggle’s accomplice that never materialized – thus eliminating the possibility that Tuggle would serve a life sentence for killing Petersen. Under his current sentence, Tuggle would be eligible for parole in approximately only ten years. If convicted of the federal charges, he faces the possibility of life imprisonment.
In the Kane case, the Philadelphia Police recovered a firearm in the defendant’s possession after a traffic stop and placed him under arrest. As a convicted felon, Kane was prohibited from possessing any firearms. But he was not just any convicted felon – at the time of the traffic stop, he was on probation for committing his second homicide in Philadelphia. But the District Attorney’s Office saw fit to voluntarily dismiss the charges against Kane on a technicality and he walked free. That is, until now: Kane has been arrested on the federal charge and is in federal custody.
“The federal cases against defendants Tuggle and Kane are the latest efforts by my Office to serve as a counterweight to the chaos in Philadelphia created by local criminal justice policies that coddle violent criminals,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “These policies create a culture of lawlessness; they leave criminals emboldened; and they have inevitable consequences – one of which is a murder rate in Philadelphia that is the highest it has been in nearly 15 years.”
U.S. Attorney McSwain went on to detail ten additional cases that are examples of shockingly lenient plea deals given out by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where the defendant was subsequently arrested for murder.
“Convicted felons who carry firearms pose a serious risk to public safety,” said John Schmidt, acting Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “ATF will continue to aggressively pursue these investigations and strive to be ‘no better partner’ to our local, state and federal colleagues. Thanks to the diligent work of the investigators and detectives of the Philadelphia Police Department, these individuals will be brought to justice preventing another potential violent crime or death. I would like to thank the U.S. Attorney's Office for their guidance and work prosecuting these cases.”
If convicted on each count, Tuggle faces a total maximum sentence of life imprisonment, five years of supervised release, a $750,000 fine, and a $300 special assessment; Kane faces a statutory maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
Both cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case against Tuggle is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph LaBar and Michael Miller, and the case against Kane is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Zaleski.
An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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