Police: Kidnapping and murder cases could be connected

Philadelphia Police believe a violent kidnapping is linked to an earlier deadly shooting.

February 22, 2012 7:29:22 AM PST
Police have reason to believe a violent kidnapping in North Philadelphia might be connected to a deadly home invasion in Juniata Park.

Two people were taken into custody for the kidnapping on Tuesday night after police found a 27-year-old man, beaten and bound with duct tape, in a parking lot near 22nd and Lehigh Streets.

The victim said people in a white van kidnapped him and dumped him in the lot. Officers tracked down a similar-looking van with two people inside, who were being held by police.

The man who was bound was last reported to be in stable condition at Temple University Hospital with wounds to the face.

Police are now trying to determine if this incident is related to a home invasion and murder in Juniata Park.

In that case, police say, it was around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when two men kidnapped 46-year-old Julio Hernandez - a suspected drug dealer - only to bring him back to his house looking for drugs and money.

There was a struggle inside the house.

Authorities say the suspects dragged Hernandez out of the house and into the rear alleyway and shot him execution style in broad daylight.

"It appears the male had been shot at least four times, four shell casings were found, and his hands were bound with what appears to be plastic ties, like electronic ties," Philadelphia Police Captain Charles Vogt said.

All of this played out in front of the victim's pregnant wife who was injured during the struggle and their 18-month-old child.

Anyone with information is asked contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or at phillypolice.com.