Philly officer, 2 relatives charged with robbing 15 gamblers

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia police officer is under arrest, accused of taking part “in the robbery and assault of multiple victims at a North Philadelphia business,” according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Police say Officer Luis Miranda, 40, was arrested at about noon Thursday and faces dozens of charges that also involve drugs and misuse of police property.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said his two alleged accomplices are relatives: a father and son.

According to the D.A.’s Office, the trio is accused of robbing, threatening, and assaulting 15 people who were gambling at a business around 4200 Rising Sun Ave.

Also, the business was robbed in the incident, which happened back on Dec. 17, 2017.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said investigators became aware shortly after, and Officer Miranda was removed from street duty. Internal Affairs investigated and its findings were turned over to the D.A. Office’s Special Investigations Unit.

Miranda now faces 15 counts each of robbery and conspiracy, four counts of aggravated assault, 15 counts of terrorist threats and related charges.

He’s also accused of misusing police resources for criminal purposes and charged with 16 counts each of unlawful use of a computer, computer theft and unlawful duplication.

Plus, he faces separate charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to deliver.

“The charges against Officer Miranda are disturbing, and allege behavior that is in stark contrast to everything that society expects of its police officers,” Comm. Outlaw said. “Still, we must not allow the actions of a few to tarnish the reputations of the overwhelming majority of PPD officers that discharge their duties with honor and integrity.”

She continued, “It is more obvious than ever that police officers have to repair community trust in order to effectively do their jobs. For that to begin, we must prove that we determined to identify and remove bad actors from within our ranks.”

Miranda’s relatives — Gregorio Esquilin, 56, and Juan Luis Esquilin, 32, of Philadelphia — each face 15 counts of robbery and conspiracy, four counts of aggravated assault, 15 counts of terrorist threats and related charges.

Comm. Outlaw suspended Miranda for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

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