Night of terror

A man was arrested after allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend in Grays Ferry.

By Amanda L. Snyder
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A father feared for his and his daughter’s lives when her ex-flame allegedly told him, “She’s gonna be dead in 30 days.”

A 6-year-old ran to his grandfather, who was upstairs in a home on the 3100 block of Dickinson Street, to inform him that his mother was fighting on the porch at 2:20 a.m. Oct. 25, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Upon reaching the front of his residence, the 51-year-old heard his 20-year-old daughter arguing with Abraham Churchill-McCarthy, 22, of the 6500 block of Wheeler Street, who allegedly was swinging her around by her hair with one hand while holding a large pocket knife in the other.

The elder man pushed his child’s ex away multiple times toward the street, however, when Churchill-McCarthy reached his jeep he allegedly retrieved a firearm and pointed it at the woman, Tolliver said. Her father stepped in front of her and said, “It’s not worth it,” to which Churchill-McCarthy is believed to have responded, “She’s gonna be dead in 30 days” and fled in his Jeep.

With a search and seizure warrant, police arrested Churchill-McCarthy at his residence, but did not recover either weapon, Tolliver said. His car was towed to a Northeast police lot pending another warrant.

He was charged with two counts of possession of an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person; one count of aggravated assault and firearm violations, according to court records. Bail was set Oct. 26 at $100,000, which was not posted as of press time.

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1. Anonymous said... on Nov 5, 2012 at 04:55PM

“20 year old daughter with a 6 year old kid? Do I have that correct? C'mon.”


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