Philly Burka-Clad Bank Robbers & Cop Killers Belonged to Local Mosque
There were questions about whether the three Philly burka-wearing bank robbers and cop killers were Muslim.
Now we know.
Levon Warner (in middle), 38, was charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy and related offenses. Howard Cain (on left), was shot and killed by police. A third suspect, 33-year-old Eric Floyd (on right), was arrested on Wednesday. Authorities recovered two vehicles one of which contained a high-powered assault rifle with 25 live rounds. From the vehicles and an alley near one of the shooting scenes, they also found two other guns, long robed clothing, and $38,000 cash- CBS3.
The leadership of the Germantown Masjid has refused to conduct funeral services for Howard Cain, the bank robber who killed Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski with a Chinese-made semi-automatic rifle.
“No, we will not bury him at Germantown Masjid,” said Tariq El Shabazz, managing director of the mosque. “We don’t want one slight scintilla hinting that we condone his behavior.”
On Sunday evening, a friend of Cain’s family asked if Cain’s burial could take place at the mosque on Germantown Avenue near Logan Street, El Shabazz said.
El Shabazz declined to conduct the service after researching Islamic law and meeting with Saadiq Abdul Jabbar, chief executive of the mosque; Imam Talib Abdullah, and others.
“We don’t tolerate that kind of behavior,” El Shabazz said. “Their actions are not from Islam. You don’t dress like a woman, you don’t rob people or transgress against them or commit murder. On all three grounds, they are dead wrong…
“You have to be clear and come out against them, even if they are in your flock,” he added.
Police recover a rifle from the Louden Street crime scene Saturday shortly after Sgt. Stephen Liczbinksi was fatally shot. (Philly.com)
Philly.com reported on the horrible crimes from last week:
Cain was living in the same building, on Clearfield Street near Sheridan, as Eric DeShawn Floyd, a fugitive, who had served a state prison sentence for a 1994 bank robbery, the source said.
The two felons met Lavon Warner, the ex-boxer, in their North Philadelphia neighborhood, the source added.
Cain apparently realized he couldn’t hold up a bank where he was known, so he and Floyd donned Muslim women’s clothes – a hijab covering their heads; long dresses, called an abaya; and face veils, called nik-ab – to prevent detection, the source said.