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$4,000 Reward Offered for Tips on New Philadelphia Homicides Case

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers offering reward money for tips that result in an arrest.

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a $4,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the New Philadelphia double homicides case.

It was Oct. 8 when two New Philadelphia teens, 18-year-old Hunter Mock and 16-year-old Angelito Caraballo reportedly went to a wooded area outside the borough known as The Sanchez to shoot a gun.

They went to that location with two other men, 19-year-old Lamour Branch and 19-year-old Jahlique Sherwood. Mock was shot and killed that night. Caraballo suffered fatal stab wounds. 

Sherwood fled the scene through the woods, reportedly through water and arrived at a nearby home looking for help. Branch got away in a vehicle and was later arrested at a home owned by his deceased mother in Mountain Top, Luzerne County. 

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Branch was recently sent back to Schuylkill County Prison after he had has bail revoked on a burglary charge stemming from an incident in September in Cressona. During that incident, he allegedly tried breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child.

It was his ex-girlfriend who met Branch in Tremont the night of the incident in New Philadelphia and drove him to Mountain Top. 

No charges have been filed in connection with the New Philadelphia murders. Police have not publicly stated anyone is a suspect in the case.

According to information in affidavits for search warrants in this case, Sherwood told police that Branch shot Mock in the head and ordered him to kill Caraballo. Branch told police it was Sherwood who killed Mock. Police do not say who may have killed Caraballo. 

The bodies of Mock and Caraballo were discovered on the morning of Oct. 10.

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Family and friends of Mock and Caraballo are desperate to get justice for them. At a recent demonstration for that cause in Pottsville, Caraballo’s mother told The Canary she doesn’t want people to be afraid to come forward if they have information that might lead to an arrest in the case.

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers urges anyone with information on this case to contact the State Police-Frackville barracks at 570-874-5300 or call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-4PA-TIPS or contact them at this link.

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  1. Val

    December 16, 2023 at 8:57 am

    These both dudes should be suspects in this case. But..police knows better. Also,to whom the gun belonged to? To whom the knife belonged to? From a detective’s point, these two should be the top priority questions.

    • Concerned Resident

      December 20, 2023 at 3:31 am

      You realize this isn’t Schuylkill County CSI, were crimes are solved in an hour. I am sure the DA and police are doing their best to solve this horrible crime(s). The more your complain, the less they can put into your case. Relax…breathe in and this will be solved….

      • Val

        December 20, 2023 at 10:45 am

        Lol.. sir,yes sir! Thank you, Concerned Resident, breathing in is starting right now. Hopefully, it will help to the investigation:-))

  2. Val

    December 16, 2023 at 9:22 am

    The weirdest thing is everyone talks about the gun, the Dodge even the cell phone. Not a word about the knife which is proven to be an instrument of killing of one of the boys. Any details about the knife, please? Wishing good luck to police.

  3. Concerned Resident

    December 17, 2023 at 2:43 am

    The wheels of justice are slow… Where did the welfare moms get 4K???

    • Val

      December 17, 2023 at 8:28 am

      Concerned Resident, did it ever occur to you that some concerned residents might be donating? Obviously not you.

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