2009-12-10 / Local & State

Second Suspect Charged With Stealing From Dying Man

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A second suspect has been charged with stealing a watch from a man who died while waiting for care at a Philadelphia emergency room.

Police say they arrested 41- year-old Martin Smith on Thursday afternoon. Police say Smith is homeless and has been charged with robbery and theft, accused of participating in the crime against 63-year-old Joaquin (wah-KEEN’) Rivera. A third suspect remains at large.

Rivera was a respected musician and school counselor who sought treatment for chest pain at Aria Health’s Frankford Campus on Nov. 28. Security video shows no one attending to Rivera until about 50 minutes after he clutches his chest and passes out.

Rivera’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

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