Philadelphia Men Charged with Sadsbury Township Murder

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WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police jointly announced the arrest of Lynelle Flowers, 26, and Zahir Randall, 21, both of Philadelphia, for the murder of Tariq Scott Jr., 22, in Sadsbury Township, Chester County on June 22, 2021. Both defendants are charged with Criminal Homicide, Murder of the First Degree, Aggravated Assault, Conspiracy and related charges. The defendants are in prison awaiting their preliminary hearings.

DA Deb Ryan said, “The defendants lay in wait under cover of darkness to execute an innocent man while his girlfriend & her child were inside the car with him. This cold-blooded & premeditated murder is another senseless crime. My condolences go out to the victim’s family for the heartbreaking loss of their loved one. Thank you to the Pennsylvania Stae Police for their dogged pursuit and apprehension of the two defendants, the first step towards bringing justice to the victim’s family. The residents of Chester County and Philadelphia are safer today with these criminals off the streets.”

Following are the allegations:

In the early hours of June 22, 2021, the victim, his girlfriend, and her one-year-old child were sitting in a car outside the Sadsbury Township home he shared with his father when Lynelle Flowers fired multiple shots at close range into the car killing the victim.

Investigators learned Flowers is the father of the victim’s sister’s children and that he had assaulted her on June 20 in their Philadelphia home when she said she was leaving and taking the children. He threatened to kill her father and stepfather who live in Chester County.

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Later, while the victim’s sister was moving out, the defendant was seen retrieving what is believed to be a gun from the kitchen. Investigators learned that Randall, the co-defendant, drove Flowers to Sadsbury Township from Philadelphia to commit murder.

The Pennsylvania State Police is investigating. Assistant District Attorney Bill Judge is the prosecutor.

If you have any information about this crime or these suspects please contact the Pennsylvania State Police at 610-486-6280.

Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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