Police charge woman in stabbing death of 65-year-old South Philly man

A 23-year-old woman is behind bars, charged with fatally stabbing a 65-year-old neighbor to death, police said.

Savannah Pharo, 23, of the 700 block of Gaul Street in Fishtown, is charged with murder in connection with the murder of 65-year-old Michael Massaro, who was found dead early Monday in his South Philadelphia home.

Police were called around 1 a.m. Dec. 4 to the 1200 block of Johnston Street, where they found Massaro inside the unlocked house, “lying on the floor suffering from a stab wound,” the police report said.

Massaro was pronounced dead from the single stab wound to the chest at 1:36 am.

Police say they identified Pharo as a suspect and charged her with murder within 16 hours of the death.

They have not yet released a motive.

“We’re not really sure of all the details except she was keeping him company and some kind of dispute ensued,” Philly police homicide Captain John Ryan told Fox29.


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