1 Dead, 1 In Custody After Oxford Circle Home Invasion

1 Dead, 1 In Custody After Oxford Circle Home Invasion

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PHILADELPHIA -

An elderly couple is violently attacked inside their Oxford Circle apartment overnight. Now, one of them is dead, the other hospitalized, and a suspect is in custody, police say.

Police continue to investigate at the scene of the overnight murder on the 6700 block of Castor Avenue.

Just before 2:30 a.m. Monday police received a call of a burglary. When they arrived, they found an elderly husband and wife assaulted.

The woman died from her injuries. Her husband remains in the hospital.

Longtime friends say the 74-year-old man is a veteran and a Democratic committeeman in the city.

One person was taken into custody right next door in connection with the attack, police say.

According to investigators, the suspect, who is not yet being identified, the suspect broke in through a second-floor window.

He's then accused of severely beating the man and woman, who died in her bedroom, police said.

Neighbors said the husband – whose condition has stabilized at the hospital after he was beaten in the head and neck area – apparently collected rent in cash for the Chinese landlord in order to get extra income and free rent.

Neighbor Dot Daly, asked if she thinks that's why the couple was attacked, said, "You know, I wouldn't doubt it any more the way it's changed around here. … I wouldn't doubt it if somebody knew it. But to kill somebody over that, I mean, and beat an older person and kill them?"

Police have not commented on that possible motive. Cruisers were still stationed outside the house in the front and rear Monday morning.

FOX 29's Steve Keeley had more details in this live video report from the murder scene.

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