Murder warrant issued; reward offered

Authorities are seeking the public’s help to locate a man suspected in a fatal shooting a year ago in Delaware County.

Rodney Talbo Shelton II

Rodney Talbo Shelton II

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, Yeadon Borough Police Chief Donald Molineux, Sam Rabadi, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) joined by the Citizens Crime Commission to announce an arrest warrant for Rodney Talbo Shelton II, 37, of Pasquotank County in North Carolina.

Shelton is charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder, robbery and related firearms offenses, stemming from a robbery on June 9, 2015, outside Ridgway Industries in Yeadon Borough, that claimed the life of Thomas Childs, a delivery truck driver, said a press release from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

“This announcement comes just three days before the one-year anniversary of Thomas Childs’ senseless, ruthless murder,” Whelan said in the release. “We are now on the heels of this cold-hearted killer, and are asking for the public’s help to locate him and bring justice for his family.”

On June 9, 2015 at approximately 3:51 a.m., Yeadon Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious individual at the industrial complex located at 6250 Baltimore Avenue in Yeadon Borough. When police arrived, they found the body of Childs lying next to his delivery truck in the loading dock of Ridgway Industries. His pants pocket was turned inside out, the release said.

A witness told Det. Joseph Houghton of the Yeadon Police Department that while driving his delivery truck into the industrial park, he heard a noise and noticed an unknown light-skinned black male walking away from the area of the warehouse where Childs was found.

At the scene, detectives discovered two fired .9mm cartridge casings and were able to obtain a partial shoe impression as well as a description of the suspect for a police sketch. Investigators located the victim’s cellphone in Fernwood Cemetery, along with a handgun with a defaced serial number that was ultimately traced to North Carolina.

“This investigation is an example of outstanding police work by Yeadon Police, ATF and our Criminal Investigation Division, and has been a collaborative effort by our county and federal partners with assistance from the Office of the U.S. Attorney in approving the search warrant,” Whelan said in the release. “I commend Yeadon Det. Joseph Houghton and CID Det. Michael Jay for their efforts in identifying the killer and for the ATF and U.S. Marshals for their continued, relentless efforts to pin down the killer’s whereabouts.”

Shelton is described as a light-skinned black male with freckles with tattoos on his neck and head. He’s six-feet tall and weighs about 205 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. His most predominant tattoo features a spider-web that spans the top of his head. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the whereabouts, arrest and conviction of Shelton. Contact the Citizens Crime Commission tip line at 215-546-TIPS (8477). All callers remain anonymous, the release said.


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