A suspect accused of killing a young Temple University graduate during a robbery in Philadelphia last week was released on bail two weeks before the incident.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the incident happened at around 7 p.m., only a block from the 25-year-old Milan Loncar’s house. According to the police, two people approached Loncar near 31st and Jefferson streets in Brewerytown and demanded to search his pockets. One of the suspects then shot the victim in the chest.
Authorities found Loncar on the ground, still holding onto his dog’s leash. First responders rushed him to the Temple University Hospital, but he was pronounced dead around 30 minutes later.
Police arrested Davis L. Josephus, 20, on Sunday. A second person of interest has been identified, according to police, but his name has not been released.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Josephus was released from jail on December 29. His bail amount was “dramatically lowered,” according to online court records. Josephus’ previous bond amounts were $100,000 for motor vehicle theft and kidnapping and $200,000 for aggravated assault on a prison guard.
Senior Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni reportedly lowered the suspect’s bond to $20,000. Josephus paid $2,000 — 10% of the bond–and walked out of jail.
After Loncar passed away, authorities arrested Josephus after stopping a car with five men inside, on suspicion of previous car theft. Four of the men fled, but police captured Josephus, who was driving.
Josephus has been charged with murder and additional offenses in connection with the Loncar case.
“He was my soulmate, and I don’t think I have a plan anymore without him,” Loncar’s girlfriend, Olivia Gorski said, according to ABC 6.
Loncar had plans to move in with Gorski so they could begin their lives together.
Loved ones remember Loncar as a kind and gentle soul who loved his dachshund-Chihuahua mix, Roo. Family members said the dog was always with him. Roo didn’t leave Loncar’s side after he was shot.
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[Featured Photo: Milan Loncar/Family Handout]