Homeowner, 65, Stabbed to Death in South Philly Home With Unlocked Door; Woman, 23, Faces Homicide Charges - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Homeowner, 65, Stabbed to Death in South Philly Home With Unlocked Door; Woman, 23, Faces Homicide Charges

Police find Michael Massaro dead of stab wounds to his abdomen inside his Johnson Street home

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    Police say the front door was unlocked of a South Philadelphia home when they responded to a 911 call saying someone needed medical attention. They found the body of a 65-year-old man stabbed in the stomach, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. NBC10's Pamela Osborne has details of the investigation.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

    Police called to a South Philly home found the front door unlocked and the 65-year-old homeowner stabbed to death on the 2nd floor.

    Someone called officers to the home on the 1200 block of Johnson Street shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, saying that a person in the home needed to go to the hospital.

    When police arrived, they found the front door unlocked, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The officers then found Michael Massaro bleeding from his stomach on the second floor of his home. Medics pronounced him dead on the scene.

    There was no sign of damage and the home didn’t appear to be ransacked or burglarized, investigators said.

    Savannah Pharo is accused of killing Michael Massaro in his Johnson Street home.
    Photo credit: NBC10 / Philadelphia Police

    Police charged 23-year-old Savannah Pharo, of Gaul Street, with homicide. She remained jailed without bail Tuesday. Court records don't list an attorney who could comment on her behalf.