Police: Reward Offered For Info On Homicide Suspect

April 24, 2019 GMT

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of an Edwardsville homicide suspect, state police at Wyoming announced Tuesday. Investigators are still searching for Devin Malik Cunningham, 20, whose last known address was 43 N. Empire St. in Wilkes-Barre. Cunningham and three teenagers are charged in the stabbing murder and robbery of 71-year-old Joseph Monka on April 15 at his 30 Arch St. home. The others include Monka’s granddaughter, Gabriella Elizabeth Long, 17, who lived with him; Christopher Brian Cortez, 19, of McHale Street, Wilkes-Barre; and Mercedes Lin Hall, 16, of East Grove Street, Kingston. They were taken into custody last week and remain jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. “There are no words that can convey how appalling and sad this murder is,” the lead prosecutor, Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino, said Tuesday. Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $2,000 for information leading to the capture of Cunningham, also known as “Polo” and “Fat Polo.” Police said Monka was brutally beaten and stabbed April 15 before his granddaughter and her friends stole his car and about $30,000 he had stored in a basement safe. The charges allege the four suspects were hanging out in Long’s room listening to music prior to the killing. Monka’s body was found April 17. Anyone with information on Cunningham’s whereabouts can call state police at 570-697-2000 or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. Contact the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal