Mayfair homicide: New surveillance video released after Philadelphia sanitation worker killed

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police have released surveillance video of the suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a plumbing worker.

Video shows a masked man approaching and stopping the plumbing truck on Rowland Avenue in Mayfair on Friday morning.

The suspect approaches the passenger side of the truck.

Ikeem Johnson, 35, got out of the truck and an altercation ensued, which ended in a shootout.

Investigators say the suspect got away in a dark-colored Subaru Outback with a roof rack and tinted windows.

Mayor Jim Kenney identified the victim in a statement released Friday afternoon and said he mourns “all of our city’s employees at the loss of one of our own.”

“I extend my deepest condolences to those who knew and loved Ikeem Johnson. Today we lost a dedicated city worker, a highways sanitation worker who was just doing his job and serving our city,” Kenney said.

According to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, a man wearing a COVID mask and a blue Dickie-style outfit approached the sanitation truck and caused it to stop.

The suspect approached the passenger side, Johnson got out, and a brief confrontation ensued.

Chopper 6 was over the scene of a homicide in the Mayfair neighborhood of Philadelphia on Friday morning.

“Almost immediately after exiting the truck, the perpetrator shot the victim multiple times,” Outlaw said at a news conference near the scene.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect remains at large.

After the shooting, nearby schools were sealed off.

“Kids shouldn’t have to experience that,” Jas Ransom said. “This is supposed to be a safe neighborhood. You never see that. I work here every day and you don’t see that.”

Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 215-686-TIPS.

A reward of 20,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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