Philadelphia Murder Suspect Captured Near Harvard Square

A joint operation by Cambridge Police, Massachusetts State Police, and Harvard University Police today led to the capture near Harvard Square of man wanted for killing his father with an assault rifle. 

SOHAN PANJROLIA, 31, is suspected of fatally shooting his father Aug. 3 in Philadelphia. 

Last night, the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Fusion Center was notified by the Pennsylvania Fusion Center that PANJROLIA was possibly in the Cambridge area. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) began a joint investigation into the suspect’s whereabouts along with the Cambridge Police and US Marshals in Boston and Philadelphia. Alerts with the suspect’s description were sent to various MSP Field Troops, Cambridge Police, and Harvard University Police overnight. 

MSP VFAS Troopers responded to Cambridge in the early morning hours and continued to work the investigation with CPD Officers and US Marshals. Late this morning an MSP VFAS Trooper locate a car suspected of having been operated by the suspect parked in the Elliott Street parking garage in Cambridge.

MSP VFAS, MSP Troop H patrols, CPD and members of a US Marshals Task Force established positions around the vehicle and garage while awaiting additional support from tactical weapons units. Harvard University Police were also notified and additional officers subsequently responded to the area.  

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. a person matching  PANJROLIA’s description was observed by Cambridge and Harvard officers at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Store located around the corner from the garage. They confirmed his identity and placed him under arrest as a fugitive from justice. The suspect was transported him to Cambridge PD for booking.

State Police and Cambridge Police   detectives are currently working with Philadelphia Police detectives in furtherance of the investigation in Massachusetts. No further information is being released at this time. 

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