Arrest Made in West Philly Home Invasion

A man who police say stabbed an elderly woman and her son inside their West Philadelphia home is now in police custody.

By Lauren DiSanto and David Chang
|  Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 12:31 AM EDT
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Victims Knew Attacker: Police

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Police on the scene early Tuesday on the 5600 block of Catharine street in West Philadelphia.

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Victims Knew Attacker: Police

Two people are assaulted inside a home on Catherine Street in West Philadelphia. Police say the victims may have known their attacker and let him inside the home. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports from the scene.
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A man who police say stabbed an elderly woman and her son inside their West Philadelphia home is now in police custody.

On Tuesday around 3:10 a.m., police say Jimmy Morrison, 41, entered a home on the 5600 block of Catherine Street and stabbed Yvonne Gaines, 82, and her 62-year-old son James Brinkley. He then allegedly stole items from the house before fleeing the scene. Gaines is the committee person for the 46th Ward in Philadelphia.

Police say Gaines suffered a puncture wound to the torso and a possibly punctured lung. Brinkley suffered numerous cuts and lacerations to his face and body, according to investigators.

Both victims were taken to the hospital. Brinkley is in fair condition while Gaines is stable, according to detectives. Police also say the victims knew Morrison and let him inside their home.

A $5000 reward was announced in Morrison's arrest. On Wednesday, police announced he was in custody. They have not yet revealed the specific charges against him.

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