Police issue arrest warrant for suspect in killing of Josh Kruger

Robert Edmond Davis
Robert Edmond Davis.

Philadelphia police on Oct. 6 announced an arrest warrant for a suspect in the fatal shooting of gay journalist Josh Kruger.

The suspect has been identified as Robert Edmond Davis, 19. He stands five-foot-five and weighs 160 pounds. His last known address is about two blocks from where Kruger lived. Kruger is believed to have assisted Davis in the past. The warrant includes charges of murder and related offenses.

Police haven’t announced a motive in the alleged murder. They say Davis remains at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Davis’ whereabouts is asked to contact police by calling 911. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest. If you see Davis, do not approach him, but call 911 immediately. You can also call 215-686-TIPS (8477) if you have any information on his whereabouts.

Kruger, 39, was shot multiple times inside his Point Breeze residence. The shooting took place about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Police say Kruger managed to exit out his front door, apparently seeking help from neighbors. Then, he collapsed in the street and was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.

Kruger was an award-winning journalist who advocated for the unhoused and persons living with HIV. He worked for the City of Philadelphia for about five years, overseeing the mayor’s social media platforms and policy campaigns, and acting as communications director and spokesperson for the city’s Office of Homeless Services.

Additionally, Kruger was an avid bicyclist, an Anglo-Catholic Episcopalian, and a parishioner of St. Mark’s Church in Rittenhouse. He lived with his beloved cat Mason, according to published reports.

This is a developing story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.