October 3, 2013 Three more arrests were made in connection with the murder of Rite Aid manger Jason McClay at the 9th Street store in Chester on September 19th, 2013. The arrests came after weeks of investigation by Chester Police, the Delaware County District Attorney’s office and Philadelphia Police. The arrests were made last night in the Gray’s Ferry section of Philadelphia with the arrest of former loss prevention officer of Rite Aid, Tariq Mahmud, who was charged with second degree murder as well as with two co-conspirators, Christopher Parks and Ashaniere White. Mahmud and Parks are both 23 and live in different residences in the 3000 block of Wharton Street where they were arrested and then arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Spencer B. Seaton Jr. in Chester late Wednesday evening. The three were remanded to prison where they join David Wiggins 24 of South 30th Street and Rita Pultro 23 of the 1400 block of East Bristol Street. These arrests were made within days of the murder after surveillance photos were aired by local media.
Delaware County investigators and Chester police began to investigate the theory that the plan to rob Rite Aid had been plotted by someone with inside knowledge of the business after the arrest and questioning of Wiggins. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan (www.delcoda.com) said in a news conference last night that Wiggins had provided information “only a person who was employed or closely affiliated with an employee would have.”
The arrests also came after anonymous tips came in the Citizens Crime Commission (https://www.facebook.com/CitizensCrimeCommission) which offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests. The caller stated that Mahmud, the former loss prevention official, had set up two other robberies at Rite Aid pharmacies and the caller also had information regarding a woman who was involved. According to Whelan, after the arrest of Rita Pultro on September 22nd, 2013, Mahmud was brought in for questioning regarding the robbery. Mahmud was originally scheduled to work that day at Rite Aid but had taken off. Whelan stated that they believe Parks was the getaway driver and that White, had helped to plan the robbery but was not there when the murder took place. Whelan then stated that they believe they have all those involved in the crime and no further arrests were pending.