Video from inside victim’s home released to help catch killer

RHAWNHURST — Philadelphia police released video in hopes of catching the person who killed a man in his home, late Monday night, Nov. 4.

The video from about 10:30pm came from inside the home at 8418 Algon Avenue in Rhawnhurst, where Al Chernoff’s body was later found. Chernoff would’ve turned 60 next month.

Now, the Homicide Unit is asking for help identifying the man seen in the surveillance video excerpts it released.

from Philadelphia Police Department

The suspect is shown walking in the living room and kitchen. There, he washes his hands, picks up his back pack, closes a drawer, and looks in the refrigerator and freezer.

There are some cats seen in the video. Chernoff was well-known for helping at ACCT Philly and also

“spent his life rescuing animals of every kind from snakes, turtles, and frogs to dogs and most especially cats,”

according to a cousin.

Another of Chernoff’s cousins wrote,

“He was a sweet man who was devoted to rescuing cats. He had such a big heart and he really made a difference for those helpless animals.”

There is a GoFundMe set up to help defer funeral costs and provide for animal rescue.

The family adds,

“In addition to or in lieu of contributing, please consider adopting a rescue animal in Al’s memory.”

from Philadelphia Police Department

The suspect — last seen in the video leaving Chernoff’s home — is described as tall, with a thin build and medium brown complexion, and short black hair. He was wearing a black jacket, long sleeve pink top, red loose-fitting sweatpants, white athletic shoes, and he was carrying a black backpack.

Police ask that if you recognize or see the suspect, do not approach him. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Instead, call 911 or the police tip line immediately. You can also email, text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847, or click here to submit a tip electronically. They say all tips will remain anonymous.

Also, police say the city of Philadelphia offers a reward of $20,000 leading to an arrest and conviction in every homicide case.

ACCT Philly is the city’s only open-intake shelter, which means animals enter in all states of health, injury and behavior.

The facility takes in more than 18,000 animals annually, and serves as both a stray animal holding facility and pet adoption center.

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