Five young men are arrested in connection with the murder of a West Chester man, in what authorities say was a drug deal gone bad.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says the the five men, Sergio Droz, Anthony Brightwell, Calvin Thompson, Nafis Janey and Tyrone Palmer, planned to meet and rob Jamal Scott during a drug deal on January 25.
Police say Brightwell met up with Scott in his car at Union and Matlack Streets in West Chester, and there was some type of struggle. Droz then approached the car and fired off a few shots, according to investigators.
The men ran off with a backpack full of marijuana that was inside Scott's car, according to police.
An autopsy shows Scott died of a gunshot wound to the heart.
Police say robbers are more likely to target drug dealers since they typically carry money and drugs and because drug dealers are not likely to report the crime.
Following the arrests, District Attorney Tom Hogan released this statement. “The drug game is a dangerous game. There are people who will kill over a few dollars or a small amount of drugs. Now one young man is dead and five young men face life in prison. The drug game always ends with prison or an early grave.”
A preliminary hearing will be held for the five men on March 6.
Calvin Thompson (left), Nafis Janey (middle) and Tyrone Palmer (right)