Girl, 14, in custody in connection with murder of Philadelphia animal rescuer found ‘tied to bed’

Pennsylvania police have a 14-year-old girl in custody in connection with the murder of a well-known animal rescuer found tied to his bed.  

Philadelphia police said Albert Chernoff, 59, was killed with a blunt weapon Monday at around 10.30pm at his home in Rhawnhurst, Pennsylvania. 

Police had gone to Chernoff’s home after receiving a report from a neighbor Tuesday shortly before 3am, supposedly because Chernoff’s car was rolled up against the garage door and items inside had been moved around. 

When police arrived, they said they found Chernoff – a well-known local animal rescuer – partially tied to his bed, with a massive head wound and multiple slashing injuries on his chest, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.   

Well-known  Philadelphia animal rescuer Albert Chernoff, 59, was found dead in his home early Tuesday morning. He was partially tied to his bed and had a massive head wound

Well-known  Philadelphia animal rescuer Albert Chernoff, 59, was found dead in his home early Tuesday morning. He was partially tied to his bed and had a massive head wound

Well-known  Philadelphia animal rescuer Albert Chernoff, 59, was found dead in his home early Tuesday morning. He was partially tied to his bed and had a massive head wound

Police arrived at Chernoff's home after receiving a call from a neighbor

Police arrived at Chernoff's home after receiving a call from a neighbor

It was reported that a female was seen exiting Chernoff's (pictured) home before authorities arrived

It was reported that a female was seen exiting Chernoff's (pictured) home before authorities arrived

Police arrived at Chernoff’s home after receiving a call from a neighbor. It was reported that a female was seen exiting his home before authorities arrived 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Sources told 6ABC that Chernoff had been attacked with a 2 x 4 board embedded with nails. 

In an attempt to discover the identity of a suspect Wednesday, police released surveillance footage which appeared to be taken from inside Chernoff’s home. 

The video showed a person walking through the home’s living room and kitchen area, using the sink to wash their hands and looking through the fridge before leaving through the front door. Cats can be seen in the background of the clip. 

Police did not specify the gender of the person in the video, but noted that the suspect was wearing a black jacket, a pink top, red sweatpants, white sneakers and carried a black backpack.  

The suspect was said to be armed and dangerous. Police also offered a $20,000 reward leading to an arrest or conviction.  

Police released this surveillance video showing a suspect wandering around what appears to be Chernoff's home. Cats can be seen lounging and walking around in the background

Police released this surveillance video showing a suspect wandering around what appears to be Chernoff's home. Cats can be seen lounging and walking around in the background

Police released this surveillance video showing a suspect wandering around what appears to be Chernoff’s home. Cats can be seen lounging and walking around in the background

The pink and red-clad suspect could be seen washing their  hands in the kitchen sink

The pink and red-clad suspect could be seen washing their  hands in the kitchen sink

The pink and red-clad suspect could be seen washing their  hands in the kitchen sink

The suspect can be seen here reaching over to open the fridge, before rummaging around it

The suspect can be seen here reaching over to open the fridge, before rummaging around it

The suspect can be seen here reaching over to open the fridge, before rummaging around it

Authorities are seen here entering Chernoff's Philadelphia home after his body was discovered

Authorities are seen here entering Chernoff's Philadelphia home after his body was discovered

Authorities are seen here entering Chernoff’s Philadelphia home after his body was discovered

Police had previously stated that witnesses reported seeing a female leave Chernoff’s home prior to officers arriving and discovering his body, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

6ABC reported that a 14-year-old girl was in custody Thursday night, after having surrendered herself to police while accompanied by an attorney. 

A police spokesperson told the news station that no charges have been filed. 

It’s unclear if the 14-year-old girl is the same person who was seen in the surveillance video, though.  

Chernoff was said to have had 11 cats, three turtles, and two frogs at his home at the time of his death. The animals were rescued by local animal-welfare workers.

Friends told 6ABC that Chernoff was a motorcycle-riding Army veteran who worked at Philadelphia International Airport. 

‘Al was amazing, anything you needed he would do. He was known for building shelters for all the feral stray cats in the city. He was a good man,’ Chernoff’s friend, Angelo Ruffo, said.  

‘If you have interacted with a cat rescue or helped trap in Philadelphia you’ve probably met him,’ Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia’s Blake Martin told  NBC10

Chernoff appeared on Nat Geo’s Rescue Ink reality series, going by the nickname Alley Cat. 

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