Girlfriend of shooting victim charged
Police say she lied to investigators about 2016 incident in Perkasie
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.