Suspect(s) Still Being Sought For Traffic Dispute Killing

The Cheltenhem Township Police Department and the Office of the Montgomery County District Attorney are still working to identify the suspect(s) in the traffic dispute that led to the death of Mr. Rithina Torn.


Mr. Rithina Torn was killed in a traffic dispute.


A $10,000.00 reward has been offered in this case.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Cheltenham Township Police Chief John Frye made the announcement on October 25th for the $10,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the homicide of Mr. Torn, 29, of Philadelphia.

Two videos are available on the website of the Office of the District Attorney of Montgomery County.  Please click on the logos to view the two videos.


Click on the logo for video one.


Click on the logo for video two.


“The homicide occurred at the intersection of Dewey Road and Front Street in the Melrose Park section of Cheltenham Township around 9:30 PM, on October 15, 2018,” according to officials with Montgomery County.  “Mr. Torn died as a result of multiple gunshots.  The investigation has revealed the suspect vehicle is a black or dark-colored sedan, which traveled from westbound Cheltenham Avenue onto Bellmawr Avenue and Dewey Road.  The vehicle was driving with activated high-beam lights.  Following the homicide, the suspect vehicle fled north on Front Street.  Investigators are also seeking the operators of two vehicles which drove through the intersection following the homicide.”

Officials with Montgomery County have requested that “anyone with information concerning the black or dark-colored sedan or other information about this homicide is asked to call the Cheltenham Township Police Department at 215-885-1600 or the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.  Or anonymous tips can be texted using MontcoCrimeTips on the STOPit! app.  The free STOPit! app can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhones or on Google Play for Androids, then enter the code: MONTCOPA.  All text tips are completely confidential.”


The photographs and videos are provided courtesy of the Office of the Montgomery County District Attorney.