Authorities: Suspect's tattoos led to arrest in teen killing
Feb 27, 2013 (The Morning Call (Allentown - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Authorities say a man's distinctive tattoos helped lead to his arrest Wednesday morning in the killing of a 17-year-old in Chester County who was stabbed more than 20 times and set ablaze.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that 20-year-old Shakeem Lavar Carter is charged in the Feb. 12 killing of Kevin Allen, who was found dead inside his father's apartment in North Coventry Township.
Carter slit Allen's throat and set the body ablaze, Hogan said. Carter was identified in video surveillance from a SEPTA bus showing Carter and the victim hours before his death, and later on the bus alone and counting $350 that he allegedly stole during the killing, according to court records.
Hogan said the video surveillance was so clear they could see Carter's distinctive tattoos that include the word "Cutthroat" surrounded by flames across his throat.
Carter faces of host of charges including homicide, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, arson, robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment and abuse of a corpse. He remains in Chester County Prison without bail.
According to court records:
Police said the afternoon of Feb. 12, surveillance video showed Allen riding the bus from Norristown to Pottstown. It was Allen's regular route to his father's home.
Video surveillance showed a man later identified as Carter following Allen onto and off the bus. Police said a few hours later, the video shows Carter returning on the bus and appears to be examining an injury to his hand while counting out money.
Police said they also seized shoes spotted with blood from Carter's home.
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