Police announced in an afternoon press conference today that they had arrested and charged LeRoy Wilson, 37, of Philadelphia with the murder of Regina Holmes. Holmes, 85, was a long-time resident of Mt. Airy and an employee of the Chestnut Hill Local.

Philadelphia Police Captain John Clark, head of the department’s homicide division, announced the charges and told reporters that Wilson had been working for Holmes. Police believed Holmes caught him trying to steal something, which prompted Wilson to murder her.

Clark said that Wilson was known in Holmes’ East Mt. Airy neighborhood and had done odd jobs for a number of residents there.

Wilson was arrested this morning at the home of a girlfriend in Norristown. Another residence he kept on Stillman Street was on the same block police found Holmes’ car, which was reported missing when she was found dead on the morning of Monday, June 29.

Clark said during the press conference that homicide detectives had ample evidence linking Wilson to the murder, including a laptop of Holmes that was found at one of his residences and surveillance footage of him using her ATM card.

Clark said Wilson also had a long list of prior arrests for violent crimes in both Florida and Philadelphia.

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