Girl­friend of shoot­ing vic­tim charged

Po­lice say she lied to in­ves­ti­ga­tors about 2016 in­ci­dent in Perkasie

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler bkeeler@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @by­bob­keeler on Twit­ter

BUCKS COUNTY >> A 21-year-old West Rock­hill woman is the lat­est per­son to be charged in the af­ter­math of the Oct. 29, 2016 fa­tal shoot­ing of 19-year-old Iziah Ra­mon-Lewis at a Perkasie park.

Cris­tine Shafer, who was iden­ti­fied in court doc­u­ments as Ra­mon-Lewis’s girl­friend, was charged with mak­ing false re­ports to law en­force­ment, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, Perkasie Bor­ough Po­lice De­part­ment said. She was video ar­raigned Oct. 4 be­fore District Judge Regina Ar­mitage, New Bri­tain, and re­leased on $50,000 un­se­cured bail, po­lice said.

The shoot­ing hap­pened dur­ing what was a botched at­tempt to rob a mar­i­juana dealer, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say. Four teenagers — Car­son Kim­nach, 17 at the time, of Hill­town; Christo­pher Pavack, then 16, of Perkasie; Noah Strickland, 16 at the time, of Perkasie; and Har­ri­son Moss, 15 at the time, of Wyn­cote — were charged in the in­ci­dent. Kim­nach, Pavack and Strickland were ad­ju­di­cated in the ju­ve­nile sys­tem and sent to ju­ve­nile fa­cil­i­ties. Moss pleaded guilty in adult court to fir­ing the shot that killed Ra­monLewis and was sen­tenced to just un­der 6.25 years to a lit­tle less than 12.5 years in state prison, fol­lowed by 10 years pro­ba­tion.

Of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to the shoot­ing found Shafer and Ra­mon-Lewis in Sec­ond Street Park, Perkasie Bor­ough Po­lice De­part­ment De­tec­tive Eric Richter and Bucks County De­tec­tive Lt. David Kem­merer wrote in the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause for Shafer’s ar­rest. Ra­mon-Lewis was taken to Grand View Hos­pi­tal, where he

was pro­nounced dead, po­lice said.

Shafer told in­ves­ti­ga­tors Ra­mon-Lewis was driv­ing her car, a 2012 Subaru Im­preza, with her in the pas­sen­ger seat on the night of the in­ci­dent, po­lice said. She claimed three white males in hood­ies ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and started yelling racial ep­i­thets at Ra­mon-Lewis, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Shafer said Ra­mon-Lewis pulled the car over, got out and chased the three, af­ter which Shafer heard gun shots and saw Ra­mon Lewis come from a dark area and col­lapse, the court doc­u­ments say.

What ac­tu­ally hap­pened

was the three teens un­suc­cess­fully tried to take mar­i­juana at gun­point from Ra­mon-Lewis, af­ter which he be­gan to chase them on foot and was shot, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

Money and sus­pected mar­i­juana, which test­ing later showed to be 17.24 grams of mar­i­juana, were found in the car’s glove box, po­lice said. A scale that tested pos­i­tive for mar­i­juana residue was found in a purse in the ve­hi­cle, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. Glas­sine bag­gies with residue that tested pos­i­tive for co­caine were found in Shafer’s purse and Coach bag, po­lice said.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, Shafer said Ra­mon-Lewis some­times sold mar­i­juana but claimed he was not sell­ing mar­i­juana that night, po­lice said.

A ju­ve­nile iden­ti­fied only by his ini­tials in the af­fi­davit said he was a drug dealer and had been con­tacted to meet with the four teens im­pli­cated in the case, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. He said he was un­able to meet the four but passed along their con­tact in­for­ma­tion to Ra­mon-Lewis and dis­cussed the drug deal in the pres­ence of Shafer and Ra­mon Lewis, po­lice said.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Ar­mitage is sched­uled for 11 a.m. Oct. 31, on­line court in­for­ma­tion shows.

Shafer is the sixth per­son charged in con­nec­tion with the events sur­round­ing the early morn­ing shoot­ing.

Stephen Strickland, 51, of Perkasie, was charged Sept. 20 with hin­der­ing

ap­pre­hen­sion or prose­cu­tion and tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence. Stephen Strickland is Noah Strickland’s fa­ther.

Fol­low­ing the shoot­ing, Stephen Strickland took some of the teens to re­trieve the guns used in the in­ci­dent, cleaned the guns so there would be no fin­ger­prints and in­structed the teens to wash their hands with bleach, po­lice said. The teens’ cloth­ing was also washed and Strickland told the teens to lie to po­lice by say­ing they had put the guns away while the Strickland fam­ily was sleep­ing, po­lice said.

Strickland waived his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, send­ing the case to Bucks County Court, and was re­leased on $25,000 un­se­cured bail, on­line court in­for­ma­tion shows.

Cris­tine Shafer

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