Sunday, January 17, 2021

Krasner Strikes Again! Accused Dog Walker's Killer Was Twice-Convicted Robber Arrested Again For Carjacking & Assault

By Ralph Cipriano

Two weeks before he allegedly murdered a dog walker in Brewerytown, Josephus Davis, 20, a two-time convicted robber, was sitting in jail. 

Why? Because he'd been arrested two more times, for an alleged carjacking, as well as for an aggravated assault allegedly committed while Davis was still in jail. 

But on Dec. 29, 2020, Davis caught a couple of breaks. His bail in the carjacking case had already been reduced from $100,000 to $20,000, so Davis only had to post 10%, or $2,000, to get out of jail.

And his bail in the aggravated assault case was also reduced, from $200,000 to $12,000, so Davis only had to post a 10% deposit of $1,200. So on Dec. 29, 2020, Davis's relatives only had to put up a total of $3,200 to spring Davis.

On Jan. 13th, just 15 days after he gained his freedom, Davis allegedly committed another robbery, only this one turned deadly. At 7 p.m., Milan Loncar was walking his dog Roo  at 31st and Jefferson Streets, a block from his home in Brewerytown, when Davis and another suspect allegedly held him up.

The incident was caught on camera in a blurry black and white surveillance video. Davis, according to police sources, was the robber in the video who stood in front of a taller Loncar; the other suspect stood behind Loncar as they went through the victim's pockets.

Davis allegedly held a gun to Loncar's midsection. In the video, Loncar made a sudden move with his hand, apparently trying to push the gun away from him. Davis reacted by backing up and raising his gun to Loncar's chest, and a muzzle flash went off. The suspects fled on foot.

Loncar, 25, a recent Temple University graduate, took out his cell phone and sat on the ground as he appeared to be trying to summon help. Then he stood up, staggered backward, and collapsed supine on the ground. Roo, his pet dog, a mixed breed of dachshund and chihuahua, ran to Loncar's side, and didn't leave. 

Thirty minutes later, Loncar was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital. It was a preventable tragedy; Davus should have never been out on the street. 

The accused murderer has quite a rap sheet, according to court records, beginning when he was 14 years old. 

Those court records also repeatedly contained a fundamental error, transposing the suspect's first and last names, and misidentifying him as Davis L. Josephus on 16 court dockets and court summaries posted online dating back to 2019. But police and other officials have confirmed that the suspect's real name is Davis Josephus.

The first entry on Davis's rap sheet dates back to March 25, 2015, when Davis was arrested as a juvenile and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and simple assault. On the assault charge, he was found to be an adjudicated delinquent, the equivalent of a guilty verdict. 

On Jan. 9, 2019, when he was 18, Davis was arrested and charged with robbery with threat to inflict immediate bodily injury, and conspiracy, two second-degree felonies. His bail was set at $20,000 monetary, meaning he had to post $2,000 to get out of jail. 

On May 29, 2019, both charges were dismissed for a lack of prosecution. On Aug. 6, 2019, the charges were refiled by the D.A.'s office. On Sept. 5, 2019, his bail was revoked and forfeited.

On Oct. 2, 2019, bail was set at $25,000, meaning Davis had to post a 10% deposit of $2,500 to get out. 

On Oct. 3, 2019, Davis entered a negotiated guilty plea to robbery and conspiracy, two third-degree felonies, and was sentenced to six to 12 months in jail and two years probation. And just five days later, his bail was reduced to $25,000 unsecured, meaning he didn't have to post a cent to get out of jail.

On Jan. 29, 2020, in a second robbery case, Davis entered a guilty plea to robbery and conspiracy, two third-degree felony charges stemming from an Oct. 2, 2019 arrest. He was given six to 12 months in jail and two years probation. But Davis caught a break because a judge ordered that both of the  sentences from the two robberies were to be served concurrently, rather than consecutively.

The very next month, on Feb. 19, 2020, Davis was arrested and hit with 11 charges for the alleged carjacking, a crime that a knowledgable source said preceded the sentencing day for the two burglaries, so it did not constitute a parole violation. 

The charges in the alleged carjacking included robbery with intent to inflict serious bodily injury, robbery of a motor vehicle, kidnapping for ransom, conspiracy, false imprisonment, firearms not to be carried without a license, carrying firearms in public, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of crime, and unauthorized use of motor vehicles. 

On Feb. 20, 2020, bail for Davis was set at $100,000 monetary, meaning he had to post $10,000 to get out of jail. But he must have not had the cash because he wound up staying in prison.

Just seven months later, on Sept. 30, 2020, Davis was re-arrested in jail and charged with aggravated assault for attacking a prison guard. He was also charged with attempt to cause serious bodily injury with extreme indifference, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, simple assault, and reckless endangerment. 

The aggravated assault arrest violated Davis's parole on the two robbery convictions. Had the District Attorney's office contacted Davis's parole officer and asked for the filing of what's known as a detainer, Josephus would have been held in jail without bail until a judge held a hearing could be convened on the alleged probation violations.

But Krasner's office is known to not pursue detainers, and no detainer was ever filed against Davis.  

On Oct. 21, 2020, at the first listing of the aggravated assault in jail case, Davis's bail was reduced from $200,000 monetary down to $12,000 monetary, meaning he only had to post $1,200 to get out of jail.

On Dec. 23, 2020, his bail was lowered in the carjacking case from $100,000 monetary to $20,000 monetary, meaning he only had to post $2,000 to get out of jail. On Dec. 29, 2020, according to court records, Davis posted bail in both cases, a total of $3,200, and he was a free man.

On Jan. 14, 2021, the day after Loncar was murdered, Davis was arrested by police and charged with receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $25,000. 

Finally, yesterday, police arrested Davis for the murder of Loncar. Davis was charged with murder, conspiracy, robbery with intent to inflict serious harm, possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license, firearms not to be carried in public, and possession of an instrument of crime. 

As of last night, Davis was being held without bail. Police have identified a second suspect in the murder of Loncar, a juvenile whose name has not been released, but he is not in custody yet.

Carlos Vega, a career homicide prosecutor running for the May 18th Democratic nomination for district attorney, said the blame for Loncar's murder rested squarely on District Attorney Larry Krasner.

"Basically, had Larry followed the law to keep the public safe, this young man would still be alive," Vega said about the victim.

About the accused killer, Vega said, "There was no reason legally for him to be on the street with his record and what he had done."

"Judging by his alleged carjacking with a gun, his alleged assault in prison with a weapon, and his two robbery convictions, it was only a matter of time before he [Davis] killed someone," Vega said.

The D.A.'s office, Vega said, could have also filed a motion for a Daisey Kates hearing. That would have involved calling witnesses and putting on evidence about the alleged parole violation sparked by the aggravated assault arrest, before that case ever went to trial. 

In a Daisey Kates hearing, the judge could have decided to revoke Davis's probation, and re-sentence him, which would have kept him in jail. And Loncar would still be alive.

But Krasner doesn't go for Daisey Kates hearings. In a 2018 case, Judge Anne Marie Coyle tried to order one of Krasner's assistant D.A. to file a Daisey Kates motion so she could hear the evidence of an alleged parole violation involving a criminal defendant arrested on weapons and drugs charges. 

But the ADA told Judge Coyle he was under “strict instructions not to proceed” with that motion, prompting the judge to throw the D.A.'s office off the case as prosecutor.

Krasner and his official spokesperson, Jane Roh, did not respond to a request for comment regarding what Vega had to say.

That's hardly a surprise. For the past 18 months, Krasner and Roh have stonewalled all questions from Big Trial on more than 75 stories documenting corruption in the D.A.'s office.

In prosecuting Davis, Krasner had assigned  two rookie assistant district attorneys to two different cases.

Assistant District Attorney Caroline Jamieson, hired in 2019, handled the bail hearing on Oct. 21, 2020 in the aggravated assault case, when bail was reduced from $200,000 to $12,000, before Judge Charles Hayden. Court records do not say whether the D.A. objected to the lowering of bail, or whether the D.A.'s office appealed the bail reduction.

Assistant District Attorney Martin McLemore, another member of Krasner's class of 2019, handled the bail hearing on the carjacking, when Josephus's bail was reduced from $100,000 to $20,000 before Judge Teresa Carr Deni. Once again, court records do not state whether the D.A.'s office objected to the lowering of bail, or whether the D.A.'s office appealed the bail reduction.

Although Krasner doesn't talk to Big Trial, he issued a statement to The Philadelphia Inquirer, his favorite local media outlet, that claimed that the D.A.'s office had opposed reduced bail for Davis. Jane Roh, who doesn't talk to Big Trial, told her friends at the Inquirer that she "could not immediately say" whether the D.A.'s office had appealed the lower bail for Josephus. 

The Inquirer, which bends over backward to protect Krasner, declined to print a press release from Vega that attacked Krasner for the death of Loncar. Instead, the Inquirer did damage control for Krasner by censoring Vega, and printing just what Krasner and Roh told them.

Now that's what I call balanced reporting. The Inquirer, which followed Big Trial's scoop four hours later on the arrest of Davis, also didn't bother to mention where the story ran first. 

Krasner has to rely on rookie prosecutors because his first official act as D.A. was to fire 31 senior prosecutors; other veterans in that office left because they didn't want to work with Krasner.

When he hired 60 new assistant district attorneys in 2019, Krasner hailed the incoming class as an "incredibly bright group of new prosecutors" who constituted "the largest and most diverse class of ADAs ever hired by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office."

The new prosecutors were personally recruited by Krasner as he went from campus to campus, on a nationwide talent hunt.

Twenty-one of Krasner's new hires promptly failed the bar exam. Seven of the 21 retook the bar exam and failed again.

In the wake of Loncar's murder, friends and family held a vigil last night out on the street where he was killed. They put up a giant portrait of the victim, played music and raised glowing cell phones. They also contributed to a GoFundMe campaign. Police and family members had offered a combined $40,000 reward for the arrest of Loncar's alleged killers.

The lawn at the home of Loncar's mother was covered with Black Lives Matter signs. According to his mother, Loncar was going to move in with his girlfriend next month while planning for an eventual wedding. 

"I don't know why they did it, I just don't understand," Amy Lounsberry, Loncar's mother, told  6ABC  about the robbery.

"I was so proud of him," she said about her son. "Everybody loved him." 

Her son, who left his wallet at home, didn't have any money on him when he was robbed, his mother said.

Loncar's girlfriend also spoke to 6ABC.

"He was my soulmate, and I don't think I have a plan anymore without him," Olivia Gorski said on camera, while Loncar's sister held Roo. 

On this case, Carlos Vega is right. Davis was far too dangerous to be out on the street. The D.A., well known for coddling dangerous criminals, has more blood on his hands. 

He repeatedly did nothing to protect the public from Davis, while his office was complicit in the granting of one favor after another to the accused killer. 

And rather than be open and accountable about what happened, as he promised when he ran for office, Larry Krasner continues to hide in his office and stonewall. 

While the Inquirer enables Krasner by censoring his critics and printing only his side of the story.


  1. I am sure the Inky won't report on this. Thank Ralph!!

    1. Indeed. Their criteria doesn't include true law and order, nor reality.

  2. The family should file a wrongful death lawsuit against the DA

    1. Facts!! All murder victims families/victims should file a massive wrongful death class action suit against him and the city

  3. Great job Larry. You should be Josephus’s cell mate.

    1. Puerile. Exposes a very simple mind, not unlike that of an earthworm.

  4. Krasner is the problem but so is the mother with Black Lives Matter signs all over her house. Why? Because she believes the antipolice Leftwing propaganda and the Leftist cant of "race and crime cause criminality" and "criminals are the victims; cops are the criminals." Such people live in a world that does not exist. Their misplaced sympathies lead to the Krasners and Kenneys, as well as their ignorant media myrmidons.

    1. The actions of the those mothers is a direct result of years of bias police actions in the black community. Us, in law enforcement, need to accept the responsibility of changing the minds of these mothers. It can't be done in a day. It took many years and many minority communities being violated for those mothers to get to this point. Believe it or not, they were on our side at one time. We need to get then back.

  5. What because she believes black lives matter that’s obscured because someone believes black lives matter doesn’t mean they do not support police where do you people come from with your thoughts

  6. 1.) Im December 2020, Josephus' court-appointed attorney filed a petition to modify (lower) his bail.

    2.) Although Judge Teresa Carr Deni reduced Josephus' bail from $100k to $20k, all blame was placed on Larry Krasner. The article makes no mention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni whatsoever. A very experienced judge, Deni is the person who reviewed Josephus' criminal history and ultimately reduced his bail - NOT Larry Krasner.

    3.) Any defense attorney will tell you that approximately 99 percent of probation/parole warrants/detainers are lodged by a probation/parole officer, NOT by the DA's office. Yet, Josephus' parole officer was not mentioned in the the arricle.

    1. I added the judge's name to the story. It is important since the judge has the final say.

    2. Being that Judge Teresa Carr Deni ultimately decided to substantially reduce the defendant's bail against the objections of the District Attorney's office, do you feel that "Krasner Strikes Again!" is a fair and appropriate title for this article?

    3. Let's see, is this little Bennie Waxman again, or is it Jane Roh?

      It's an accurate headline. This is another case of Krasner's office giving a dangerous criminal one break after another, and never standing up to defend the public.

      Carlos Vega comes from an era when prosecutors sought to keep dangerous criminals like Josephus in jail. To accomplish that goal, if it meant leaning on a parole officer to file a detainer, that was part of the job.

      Larry Krasner believes in coddling criminals, and doing favors for them. Hence our 499 murders last year.

      The headline stays. And we have plenty more news to print about Krasner.

  7. Larry krasner and hia team are murderers!

    1. They are aiding and abetting them. That would be a fact.

  8. First, the DA can’t lodge detainers. The fact that Vega still doesn’t understand that is telling. The supervising judge or APPD can. Second, he was in custody during all of this until Judge Deni reduced bail OVER DA’s objection. All of the previous arrests came while he was still in custody, not on bail. For a detainer to be lodged, he would have had to been released. He never was until he maxed out his sentences and then Deni reduced bail, once again, over the DA’s objection. Please don’t make incendiary claims based on non-researched criminal procedure rules.

    1. Both Mr. Vega and Ralph back up their so-called "incendiary claims based on non-researched criminal procedure rules" with their actual names, and not some gutless, disingenuous anonymous moniker. Your prissy submission merely would concur with some ridiculous political "procedure rules" enforced by the murderer-abetting Larry Krasner and his District Attorney's Office or the nonsensical, irresponsible Philadelphia Inquirer, leaving one to believe that you were employed by either, or both. You don't leave much to the imagination. If the shoe fits......

    2. The D.A. can ask a parole officer to file a detainer to notify the judge that a defendant is accused of a parole violation.

      The D.A. at any point in the criminal justice process can also stand up for the rights of the citizens by seeking to protect them from dangerous criminals such as Josephus.

      Instead of coddling dangerous criminals such as Josephus.

    3. They aren’t made up, it’s the Rules of Criminal Procedure. Did I miss in the article where we know if or if not Larry’s people asked for a detainer? There are other issues for sure, but this one lies with Judge Deni who reduced bail. Read previous articles about her: she basically said at one point that sex workers can’t be raped. There is more than one shortcoming in our system.

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  10. Who was the judge(s) who lowered the bail? Did the prosecutors oppose the bail reduction?

    If the prosecutors opposed bail reduction then wouldn't the judge be to blame?

  11. Why would the mother have BLM signs all over her lawn ? Doesn't she know they are a trained Marxist group. They don't care about her son.

    1. Milan’s Mom lives no where near Ardmore. I know the family.

    2. As Someone who claims to know the Family of the Victim, is there a relationship between Olivia Gorski, and the Temple Student Gorski, who falsely claims Police brutality while rioting during a BLM Uprising?

      That Possibility strains credulity, or just a Karmic Reshuffle when destroyed by this Josephus Scum The Family Supports.

      If they were True to Their Cause, they should raise money for the Defense and Bail of the Killer.

  12. Beneath disgraceful, this entire atrocity happened because of the prevailing philosophy of the Philadelphia DA's office, which, as Ralph accurately describes, is due to "coddling dangerous criminals". While specific legal procedures might be open for debate the undeniable fact is that DA Krasner has actively promoted a legal ideology which constantly damages the efforts of decent Philadelphia citizens, of all persuasions, to lead a civilized existence. Now, an innocent young man is dead, and Krasner and his various apologists hide behind technicalities, anonymous rebuttals and the pathetic screed that the Inquirer has become. Try to keep up the great work, Ralph. Frankly, I don't know how the fuck you are able to do so.

    1. It's been a challenge. This started out as a part-time hobby. It's become a full-time job that the rest of the media in this town refuses to do.

  13. Krasner has so much blood on his hands and it’s absolutely disgusting. I feel horrible for all of the victims and their families that have been terribly changed forever by Krasner and his office.

  14. It has been Reported that the Father of This Martyred Victim is flying to the USA from His Declared Home of Serbia to participate in the Funeral of His Son.

    The Efforts of the Trump Administration to Broker an Unprecedented Peace in Their Native Land, during an ongoing Civil War that was heightened and inflamed during the Failed Clinton Foreign Policy Years after the Collapse of the Soviet Union, was acknowledged by a Nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize.

    A Partisan in the 100 Year War between Serbia and Croatia and the Effects of the harsh reality of Ethnic Cleansing, this Father will be able to claim the Moral High Ground, now that His Son has died in the Raging War of Ethnic Cleansing where Opportunistic Developers Gentrify Ghetto Sectors of this Rat Infested City.

    Young Mr.Loncar, was raised and educated on the pristine Main Line,
    but made his choice to move to Brewerytown, where a white Yuppie is fair game in the Killing Season of the BLM MLK Jr. Restless Native Population.

    It will be enlightening to hear Biden's Incoming Head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division espouse her Harvard Law School Trained Dogma when facing the Senate Judiciary Committee during Her Nomination Process.

    A Scene from the Future as the Incoming Debacle Unfolds and the Krasner Clown Train aided and abetted by a Judiciary blind to Justice as It continues to run off the Criminal Justice Track.

  15. Creepy Joe Biden found Time Today to revive the Philabundance Saga.

    The Incoming AG will be busy trying to disprove the Allegations that Hunter Biden orchestrated the Financial Scam at This Fake Charity.

    Stuffing boxes with Authentic Alec Baldwin Cucumbers and leftover Hunter Biden Crack Vials is an appropriate gesture to Mark a Faux Federal Holiday.

  16. Too bad for the misinformed mother with the dumb black lives matter signs I'm black and that's just another bullshit organization screw black lives matter all lives matter the conspiracy to kill black men it's a bullshit conspiracy black men are doing their own conspiracy on their selves and you can stop blaming it on guns as well Larry krasner is the virus as well as the liberal news media and another filthy liberal judge whore

  17. And if you decide not to publish it without approval well so be it as I said I'm a black American and I find it all Bs funny I need approval for some First Amendment right I'm 63 years old probably from a 20 year old to tell me how I should think or what I should write krasner is the worst fake bullshiter

  18. Having read PhillyMag for well over a 1/2 Century which includes many of Your Great Articles, I am shocked that David Lipson would destroy the Integrity of this Once Great Platform to promote the blatant racism and hate spewed by its proclaimed Alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communications, Ernest Owens, Current Editor in Chief.

    His Evil and Sick Mind shames the Institutions that he lays claim to.

    Reading His Latest Submission, it mirrors the Rantings one would find in Muhammad Speaks.

    I would assume he was addressing You, Ralph, when he literally calls for Your Extinction as a White Journalist, in the course of his latest diatribe.

    Of course, TWTR or FB would not classify his postings as hate speech, being that it comes from a radical black queer.

    WE are approaching a Crossroads in expressing Reason Thought Logic and Decency in Government and Righteous Examination and Dissent, and it foretells a Bleak Beginning in this Era of a Biden Provisional Govt.

    Jason Brando

    1. Jason is addressing this fan mail to Mr. Ernest Owens, Philly mag's new editor-at-large.

      As somebody with an Italian father and a Lebanese mother, I have never considered myself "white," even though the Inquirer's genetic engineer kept telling me that I was.

      Owens often addresses his screeds to all white people. If anybody else attempted this, and wrote about all black people with the regularity that Ernest does, they'd be out of a job.

  19. It’s time for Darlene Miller, who is the Chief Probation Officer to go

  20. This is why we ALL need to carry our guns, so we can kill these scumbags and get them off the streets when the courts and judges won’t! Idt a problem killing all of these POS’s! They are nothing and will never be anything but career criminals and they have NO place in this world! Screw the laws! They do! Give it back to them! Clean up the streets!


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