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UPDATE: Woman Considered Armed and Dangerous, Urged to Turn Herself In

Monique Robinson, 18, is being sought by Phoenixville Police for a possible connection to a Sept. 14 homicide.

Update at 4:30 p.m.

The main focus of the 3 p.m. press conference held by Phoenixville Police was Monique Robinson, 18, who still remains on the loose. Phoenixville Police Chief William Mossman said she should be considered armed and dangerous.

Robinson is the third suspect in the murder of Selvin Lopez-Mauricio. According to the criminal complaint, Saleem Williams, who was charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder and other charges, told police that Robinson was the one who told him to shoot the alleged victim. 

Parents at Phoenixville Area School District received notice today that Robinson is a registered student at the high school. Chief William Mossman confirmed that fact. 

Anyone with any information on Robinson's whereabouts is asked to call Phoenixville Police at 610-933-1180. According to court papers, she has last known addresses listed in the 100 block of Dayton Street and the 700 block of West Bridge Street. Robinson has an large family, Mossman said, and police are speaking with her family members and urging her to come forward. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Here are some quick notes from this afternoon's press conference, which you can watch in its entirety by clicking on the video attached to this article. 

  • The murder weapon hasn't been located, Mossman said. A .22-caliber shell was discovered near the victim, according to court papers. 
  • Additionally, the black backpack that police say was stolen from Lopez-Mauricio hasn't been recovered at this point. 
  • Police attended the funeral services for Lopez-Mauricio last night and informed those in attendance that they had a confession in the case. 
  • Mossman said he believes Robinson is still in the area. "My gut feeling is that she's still around," he told reporters. 
  • The crime is not being considered a hate crime, Mossman said. The investigation indicates that the suspects were looking for money, Mossman said, and not targeting a particular race. 
  • Police spoke to Robinson two days ago and gave her the opportunity to come in and speak to police. She declined. After the two men gave their statements, Mossman said a warrant was issued when it became apparent that Robinson was "actively involved."
  • The two men certainly weren't hiding out, according to police. Mossman said police found them both standing on the corner at Main and Bridge streets yesterday afternoon. They were taken in on past warrants. "They didn't seem to be that concerned" and went without protest, Mossman said.

Update at 2:34 p.m. 

Cops: Suspect Said Murder Victim Selected at Random

According to the criminal complaint, the trio who allegedly robbed and fatally shot 22-year-old Selvin Lopez-Mauricio discussed "robbing and rolling a Mexican" prior to assaulting and killing the young man.

Lopez-Mauricio's uncle gave police a statement, a detective wrote, and he told police that a male who police later identified as Saleem Williams, 20, of Sharon Hill, pulled a handgun, punched Lopez-Mauricio in the face, knocked him to the ground, pulled off his backpack and threw it to a female who police identified as Monique Robinson. 

Robinson is still on the loose, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. 

The three fled with the backpack, according to the uncle's statement, but Selvin chased them. 

"In the area of 153 Prospect Street, [the uncle] observed Selvin attempting to retrieve the backpack from the female," according to police. 

Then, the gun was fired, a single shot. When police arrived on scene they discovered a .22-caliber shell. 

Police checked video surveillance in the area and were able to find tape that showed three people matching the description given by Lopez-Mauricio's uncle around the time of the homicide. 

Stephen Reidler, 23, of Linfield, was taken into custody along with Williams on Sept. 20, the same day as Lopez-Mauricio's funeral. 

Police questioned both of them, and took statements. Reidler admitted to being the one in the video, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly told police the three were together downtown and walked to the rear of 212 Bridge Street "where they discussed rolling and robbing a Mexican," according to the criminal complaint. 

The three saw Lopez-Mauricio and his uncle in the 100 block of Prospect Street, Reidler allegedly told police, and he said during the assault he held the second victim, and then ran away. He said the three met up at an apartment on Bridge Street later in the early morning hours of Sept. 14. 

Williams also gave police a statement, and according to the criminal complaint, he admitted that he struck a second male victim with an open fist, and he also admitted that he was in the surveillance video, according to police. 

"Williams stated that while he physically struggled with the male, Monique [Robinson] handed him an automatic handgun and said, 'Shoot him!'" according to the criminal complaint. "Williams stated that he fired one shot from the handgun, which struck the Hispanic male who then screamed and attempted to run." 

Williams told police that Robinson had the backpack at that point, and corroborated Reidler's story that the three met up later at a Bridge Street apartment. 

Police wrote in the criminal complaint that the black backpack Lopez-Mauricio had contained $300. 

Neither Williams nor Reidler had a permit or were eligible for a permit for concealed carry of a weapon, according to the criminal complaint. 

The preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. in district court.

Previous Story

Two men were denied bail Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 14 homicide on Prospect Street. 

Saleem Williams, 20, of Sharon Hill, and Stephen Reidler, 23, of Linfield, face charges of criminal homicide. Williams was charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder along with aggravated assault and weapons charges. Reidler, in addition to the criminal homicide charge, faces charges of second- and third-degree murder, assault charges and related charges. The pair was arraigned on Wednesday.

While Reidler kept his head down and both men wore hoods, he turned to photographers and uttered an obscenity as he was being led into the district court building. The men had a chance to read the criminal complaint, and once inside the courtroom of District Judge Theodore Michaels, they were both soft-spoken, keeping their heads down. 

Both men admitted to having drug problems, and neither made a statement to the judge when they had the opportunity to do so. 

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. in district court. 

Police are still seeking Monique Robinson, 18, who is known as "Geek." Robinson has known addresses listed in the 700 block of West Bridge Street as well as in the 100 block of Dayton Street in Phoenixville. She's described as a dark-haired, light-skinned black woman standing five-feet, three-inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. 

According to police, the three are responsible for the shooting death of Selvin Lopez-Mauricio, 22, of Phoenixville. Lopez-Mauricio died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to the Chester County Coroner. The homicide occurred in the 100 block of Prospect Street shortly before 1 a.m. on Sept. 14.

Kathleen Forrester September 22, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Dear Bay - If Monique is a 'child . . .striving to finish high school', what was she doing on out on a school night at 1am? With 2 people who now say they were looking for someone to rob? And 'child' or not, I would hope someone who is 18 years old knows the difference between right and wrong - if not, her 'loving father . . . and other supporting family members' have failed her miserably. The fact that the police have what appears to be a booking photograph of her says a lot - it would seem she's may have a run-in with the law prior to this which tells me she may not be as innocent as you proclaim. If she's innocent, she should have nothing to fear and she should go to the police to clear her name. Let her tell them what 'a beautiful young lady she is and how she had no reason to commit this crime.'
Ginger Murphy September 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM
In this conversation, I am struck by how important it is to remember that we are all trying to understand what happened without yet having an account from the young woman herself. While in the eyes of our justice system she is accountable as an adult, it is also a fact that she is still young person. Amazingly, the human brain is not fully mature until age 25. As she comes forward and speaks for herself, all these factors must be weighed.
Bill N. September 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Bay, Kathleen is 100% correct. A 'loving' and protective family would never allow an 18 year old HS student to be out and about past 12:00AM on a weeknight. This woman (she's now an adult) will have to pay for this senseless crime for the rest of her life...behind bars! And that's where her loving family can visit her, if it ever comes to that. Monique spoke to the Phoenixville PD and was given every opportunity to turn herself in, which she refused. She's now considered armed and dangerous, which means any approaching officer will shoot if the situation warrants it. Monique should have studied hard and tried to make a better life for herself instead of taking the shortcut through crime...we see how well that went for her!
David Castro September 22, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I just want justice for the family , DaOmI Foundation had a town hall meeting last year with the district attorney and concern parents of Phoenixville about this topic , parents need to do there jobs not let the school raise there kids, the young lady is now armed and on till she out there the Latino community is not safe , Is not fair for a 22 young man to go back to his country dead! There is no winning in this case for anybody My God have mercy upon her and her family. David Castro
Edvard Roperkov September 22, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Are you serious? If she is so "innocent", then she can turn herself in and go talk to the police. "what man will listen to a female that is younger "...Yea, because women don't have any sort of power over men, and sure don't possess anything a hormone driven 20 year old might want. Think about that one for a minute. Stop defending this degenerate, and if you really care for her, urge her to turn herself in and face the accusations.
Richard September 22, 2011 at 02:09 PM
I'm not remotely concerned about having an account from the young woman right now. I want her caught and placed securely behind bars, in shackles. Now. Period. Let the justice system work for her once she's caught. Unfortunately she didn't turn herself in under controlled circumstances, so everyone is well within their right to draw their own conclusions. I don't want my family walking around Phoenixville with this individual at large.
j September 22, 2011 at 02:25 PM
I NOTICE THAT EVERYBODY ON HERE ARE PERFECT LOVING PARENTS WITH KIDS...SO IF THATS THE CASE WE KNOW HOW THEY SOMETIMES GET INVOLVED WITH THE WRONG CROWD.ITS QUITE OBVIOUS WHOS THE SHOOTER BCAUSE HE STATED IT BUT ALSO NOW HES TRYING TO PUSH THE BLAME ON MONIQUE..WHY? LET ME ANSWER THAT FOR WHO MIGHT NOT GET IT.ITS EASY TO POINT THE FINGER AT THE PERSON WHO ISNT PRESENT TO TELL THERE SIDE OF THE STORY.BUT BESIDES ALL THAT A MAN HAVE LOST HIS LIFE AND THIS CASE NEEDS TO GET RESOLVED AND MY HEART TRULLY GOES OUT TO THIS MAN WHO HAD TO LOSE HIS LIFE OVER A DUMB SENSLES CRIME AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DARK ALWAYS COME TO LIGHT, SO AS SOON AS MONIQUE COMES FOWARD IM PRETTY SURE SHE CAN SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS CASE , SHES SCARED RIGHT NOW BCUZ SHE WITNESS THIS MAN BEING SHOT N KILLED I WOULD BE TOO BUT ME KNOWING MONIQUE I KNOW SHE DOSENT RUN FRM HER PROBLEMS HER FAMILY IS PROBLY BEING CAUSIOUS SINCE THE CHARHES ARE SERIOUS IF IT WAS MY DAUGHTER SHE WOULDNT BE GOING ANYWHERE WITHOUT A LAWYER ITS HER CONTSATUTIONAL RIGHT AND REGARDLESS OF THE HONOR ON THE STAND TO THE MAN WHEREING THE BADGE WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES SO THATS WHY I WOULD ADVISE MONIQUE NOT TO STEP FOOT IN A POLICE STATION WITHOUT A LAWYER AND I PRAY FOR HER AND HER FAMILY GET THROUGH THIS AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO PASS GUDGMENT ON THIS GIRL BECAUSE THEY DONT KNOW NO BETTER
Edvard Roperkov September 22, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Uhhh, what?
T September 22, 2011 at 03:07 PM
J...think you need to learn how to spell or use spell check...
Some One Like You September 22, 2011 at 07:03 PM
This is such a sad situation anyway you look at it. A man who probably came to Phoenixville from Guatemala to make a better life for himself and possibly his family is now dead. Three young adults will more then likely spend a long time (if not the rest of their natural lives) in prison. And for what a book bag? Nobody wins in a situation like this. Nobody. I pray for Monique that she does the right thing. She needs to turn herself in WITH representation. She will always be on the run, looking over her shoulder and in reality putting her family in jeopardy until she does. I must say that yesterday when I logged onto the papers website & saw her face on the front page my heart sank. I couldn't even fathom what I was reading. Everybody makes mistakes and nobody is perfect but I just couldn't wrap my head around what I was reading. To Bay: as much as I don't want to believe the accusations I am well aware that anything is possible..I'm hoping and praying that possibility is wrong but I'd be willing to bet anything that Monique isn't a victim either. Not in the criminal sense of the word. There is only one identifiable victim. The deceased.
J.Mcguigan September 22, 2011 at 07:45 PM
The young man did not lose his life,it was taken from him by drug addicts that don't value human life.Instead of wasting time telling all that Monique is a good girl,why don't you urge her to turn herself in, and face her accusers?A young, hard working man is dead, and all you can do is tell us that she's a victim.How dare you!She will be taken into custody one way or another,she should be urged to turn herself in.To those persons harboring her,I hope You are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.To all you drug addicts,GET A JOB,become productive members of society, instead of plagues on society.Same applies to all the people that don't want to work,and collect welfare. EYE FOR AN EYE
Dolores Winston September 23, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Wow, I am reading all of these comments and all I can think of is how we can pray together as a community. No comment to what has happen because only GOD can judge and my heart goes out to the families that are going through this tragedy. LETS PRAY TOGETHER!!!!!!!
Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 03:15 AM
The sad part is, that even if Monique did give him the gun, there is no proof. All there is is hear-say. And with a lawyer she will get away with this crime. What I don't understand is, why kill the man? Robbing him and punching him in the face wasn't good enough? They had to take his life. Monique is hiding right now because she is guilty. She knows if she never would have handed over that gun that man would still be alive today. And whether or not she gets convicted by a judge, she will be convicted by God. You can hide from the Law but you can't hide from the Lord. Do the right thing Monique and tell the truth and set your soul free and face whats coming to you.
Jose Parra September 23, 2011 at 04:19 AM
My name is Jose Parra from the DaOmI Foundation who is working with the victim's family. The victim's family and myself are pleased with the arrest that were made on these two individuals on tuesday afternoon. I personally went and invited the police to the funeral of Selvin Mamerto Lopez-Mauricio at the families request. That is when the announcement was made of the arrest of these two individuals at the funeral services by Chief Mossman. I immediatley informed one of the members of the victims family how this was a start in right direction so Selvin can rest in peace by having justice be represented for him eventhough we will never see Selvin back here in this community again. As for the comments of Monique I did know her personally myself when I lived on the Northside. She has lived a troubled life for many years and knowing what had happened with this incident I believe she had a part in this but not ordering to kill Selvin as Saleem claims or having the gun in her possession but just be there conspiring to this murder is what I feel it should be. These guys are blaming her for this so that they can get off easy on their seriuos chrages. On behalf of the victims family, thank you for supporting us financially and morally.
Jose Parra September 23, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Thank you Delores for your heart going out to the families on these difficult times. Religion is a big part of the Hispanic culture and I can assure you that we are doing that in this Hispanic community thank you.
Jose Parra September 23, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Yes Selvin came here for a better life. Believe it that this is a reality that Monique played a apart in this incident. The people investigating this case are from the County Detectives Office and the Borough of Phoenixville Detetives office. Altogether there were 15 detectives working on this case. They even had one from Kennet Square to translate for law enforcement. They were very careful and professional in the way they handled this case. I can assure you that they did not make any mistakes in this case.
Jose Parra September 23, 2011 at 04:36 AM
I can assure you that Monique is involved in this incident but not the way these guys are picturing in my view the situation. She needs to turn herself in so that they can interview her and she can shed lite on this case better but she has to answere to being involved in the murder of Selvin. I also knew Monique when she was little and as she got older she became a troubled child. I vene witness her throwing a rock at an elderly person at her face and causing minor injury to that person.
Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 05:07 AM
It's funny how a girl could grow up her whole life parading around the town, with barely any supervision, constantly getting herself into all kinds of trouble, as if she was a grown woman but now suddenly she is being labeled a "little girl". She knew what she was doing lets not down play her role now that she is in mjaor trouble this time around.
big sisters September 23, 2011 at 01:31 PM
please remember jose in God's eyes lying is no different then murder
big sisters September 23, 2011 at 01:33 PM
wow! it amazes me how a community can come together and gang up on the unknown but cant come together for a peace rallly .....God bless you all.
Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 01:38 PM
We wouldn't need peace rallies if delinquents weren't robbing and then murdering hard working immigrants who come to our country from a better life. We wouldn't need peace rallies if young people weren't illegally possessing guns and then handing them over to idiots now would we?
Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 01:45 PM
And as far as telling anyone to "please remember that in God's eyes, lying is no different than murder" ... Preach that to your sister! So that she may give a full and honest confession. But, I'm sure that won't happen you will buy her a fancy lawyer who will coach into telling a good story and save her from going to prison which she deserves. If it wasn't for her handing over that gun, that poor man would still be alive. Know this, she can run from the bars of prison but she can't run from God's judgement. She can lie to the world and herself but she can't lie to God.
Aly September 23, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Anonymous: you are right on the money. If everyone did what was right and worked hard for the things they wanted instead of thinking they can just take what is not theirs. The truth will always come out and if these boys are lying and pointing the finger at Monique why isn't she coming forward to clear her name? I don't buy that "she is scared" line because I know if I was implicated in a murder and I know for a certain fact I had no involvement I would be there clearing my name and regardless of whether she supplied the gun, pulled the trigger or just stood by and watched these boys as they took this poor innocent man's life she is guilty. You are who you associate yourself with and if you choose to hang out with criminals and drug users than you are no better than them. I only want justice for this man's family for their family member was taken from them without warning, without a choice without a say. Those who committed this crime made a choice and therefore have to stand up and stand by that choice don't be cowards and hide this goes for Monique and those boys who are also being cowards and pointing fingers at each other. Monique's family should be urging her to go talk to police, if she is innocent then voice your side of the story, we are not here to judge her we are here to make sure that Sevlin's family gets closure and piece of mind. That is all.
MELISSA BELL September 23, 2011 at 01:54 PM
DID ANYONE EVER THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT SHE WAS THREATENED AND FEARS FOR HER OWN LIFE OR EVEN IF SHE IS OK. SOMETHING IN MY HEART TELLS ME THAT THESE BOYS STORIES ARE NOT ADDING UP. MONIQUE I DO NOT KNOW YOU HOWEVER I HAVE CHILDREN OF MY OWN IF YOU ARE READING THIS KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS. PLEASE COME FORWARD GOD WILL PROTECT YOU.
Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 01:55 PM
I believe Monique will eventually turn herself in. Her family is simply buying time while they wait on a lawyer. If Monique wants to be a good person and do the right thing, not for herself, but for Selvin's family, she will tell the whole truth and not some souped up story from a lawyer... only time will tell.
ANONYMOUS September 23, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Everyone that is saying "god will protect her" and she is a "little girl" and that she is not guilty, you all are insane. I have known of Monique for many years. I've known her from coming into my place of employment, seeing her running around all hours of the night on Bridge Street and I also know her of committing petty crimes and bragging about it until something else worth bragging about happens. I believe that she was a nice innocent girl at one point, but people grow and people change and that is exactly what happened to this young WOMAN. I don't believe that everything these two men are saying is 100% true but do I believe that she was with them as they planned on "rolling and robbing a mexican" and then went through with it? 100% I DO. It is stated above that both of the men's stories matched which i doubt the police put them in a room together to plan out their story. These men were not worried about being arrested for this crime because if they were they wouldnt of been hanging out on the busiest intersection in Phonexville so i doubt they had any reason to think of this master plan to blame Monique. I believe they are telling the truth as far as her part in this murder and I hope she recieves life in prison for ending a young inncoent man's life along with the other two involved. Many of you are sitting here saying she is just a child she doesnt know better. contd...
ANONYMOUS September 23, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Since 18 is still a child in your eyes what was 22yr old Selvin Lopez-Mauricio who wasnt roaming the streets looking to rob people. As a 21 year old female, everyone that is sitting here trying to protect this ADULT CRIMINAL, I can for one tell you growing up in this area and being involved in the "wrong crowd" from time to time, things arent what they used to be. The sooner people realize that and stop being naive and thinking she is only a 18 yr old child is the sooner we will all be able to protect ourselves and families from these senseless crimes. Children, actually children as in under the age of 18 are shooting people and robbing people what makes her any different. We all make choices and while you are all praying for her and telling her "god will protect you" you are wrong. God will protect Selvin Lopez-Mauricio and his family and bring them justice for what was done. My heart goes out to the whole Spanish community knowing how much this hurt all of you. It is obvious to see you all stick together and are tight knit and you did not deserve this heartache. All three need life in prison for this was a premeditated crime that ended in death. Rest in peace Selvin Lopez-Mauricio.
Brittany September 23, 2011 at 09:27 PM
I agree with you 100%. 18 year olds know the difference between right and wrong, being 18 myself I should know. If she was innocent, the smart thing to do would be to clear her name immediately. Rest in peace Selvin Lopez-Mauricio.
Stan September 25, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I wonder if she is as frightened as Selvin was, as he laid dying in the street?Rest in peace Selvin.
RM September 26, 2011 at 04:00 AM
Monique is a criminal! She has been in Chester County Youth Detention. She has a record! She has paraded around town at all hours unattended by her "caring" family! She is only making herself look more guilty by not turning herself in! I hope that the three of them go to jail for a long time. THEY KILLED A MAN! She is not a "little girl" and hasn't been one for a long time! Whomever is harboring her should go to jail, too!

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