A man was arrested and charged in Thursday’s deadly armored car robbery which left one armored truck driver wounded and another two two dead in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, police said Saturday.
Mustafa Ali, 36, was charged with two counts of murder, robbery and other related offenses in the shooting deaths of two Loomis armored car guards and theft of cash at a bank ATM. Ali was picked up on Friday and questioned overnight before he was charged. Ali, who is not expected to get bail, was to have a preliminary arraignment within 24 hours. Police also seized his vehicle.
The victims were identified as retired police officers Joseph Alullo, 50, and William Widmaier, 65. Each had more than 20 years on the force. Alullo retired in 2003 and Widmaier retired in 1999. A third guard was wounded in the robbery. The gunman took an undetermined amount of money, police said. They were searching for a man who fled the scene dressed in a black shirt and blue jeans with a yellow cap and traveling in a black Acura TL with tinted windows and a sunroof.
The guards were attacked shortly after 8 a.m. as they were servicing an ATM outside a Wachovia Bank branch near Roosevelt Mall in northeast Philadelphia, police said. The gunman fired at two guards who were outside the armored car and at the third guard, who was inside.