Former Philadelphia high school basketball star Rysheed Jordan, who played for St. John's and the Delaware 87ers, has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses stemming from two separate incidents over the past week.
Both incidents, per information provided by the Philadelphia Police Department, occurred in North Philadelphia. Jordan is also known as Rasheeb, which is used in the PPD's release.
Jordan has been charged with attempted murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy and simple assault, among others.
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The first incident occurred last Friday, when Jordan, according to police, shot a man in the arm.
According to police, the 23-year-old victim of the shooting and his companion, the witness, had gone to the area around 1400 North 26th street to purchase marijuana (it was initially thought that the meeting was to facilitate the sale of a cell phone). They left their vehicle and approached a gold sedan, but the meet went sideways. Jordan's group got out of the car with guns, and one of them ordered, "Give us your money and your phones."
The victim and witness ran back to their vehicle, but Jordan's group allegedly fired. The victim was hit in the right arm but managed to make it in the car. The witness began to back up, and the two were able to escape despite the fact that one of the offenders tried to reach inside the car window and turn off the ignition in addition to firing several shots.
The victim and witness found a policeman at 33rd and Girard and were brought to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where the victim underwent surgery.
Jordan was captured by Temple police early Wednesday morning after an unrelated incident. At 2:03 a.m., police tracked a green Jaguar that had run a red light. After the vehicle allegedly tried to evade police, Jordan got out and fled. He was pursued by officers on foot and threw away his gun before being captured and placed into custody. Recovered by police, the gun had five live rounds and an obliterated serial number.
Jordan, who turns 22 on June 10, played two seasons at St. John's after attending Roberts Vaux High School. He considered entering the NBA draft last year but missed the deadline and was unable to return to the Red Storm because he was academically ineligible. He elected to not return to school and was drafted by the Sixers' D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, but was released after playing 11 games.