In May 1993, a victim told Philadelphia Homicide Detectives that Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony accompanied the drug dealer who stabbed him over a twenty dollar debt, newly unearthed police records show. As first reported by the Florida Bulldog, the Florida Commission on Ethics released eighty-nine pages of police records surrounding the murder of Hector “Chino” Rodriguez. Philadelphia Police charged Tony with the murder of Rodriguez.
Two years ago, Gregory Tony claimed he killed Rodriguez in self defense. “When I was 14 years old, growing up in a dangerous neighborhood in North Philadelphia known as the Badlands, filled with gun violence, drugs and gang activity, I had to shoot an armed man in self-defense,” Tony stated in a social media post.
“The juvenile justice system reviewed my actions and concluded there was no crime and cleared my name,” Tony said.
However, multiple witnesses claimed the teenaged Tony shot an unarmed Rodriguez in front of the Tony home in Philadelphia. The witnesses said Tony confronted Rodriguez with a gun following a verbal argument. Tony shot Rodriguez multiple times including two shots in the back of the head.
In one interview, a witness placed Gregory Tony and Chino Rodriguez at the scene of a drug-related stabbing just hours before Tony killed Rodriguez.
YES, THEY WERE BOTH THERE
On Monday, May 3, 1993 at 3:55PM, Philadelphia Police responded to a shooting at 2828 N. Hutchinson Street. A family member had already taken a mortally wounded Hector “Chino” Rodriguez to Episcopal Hospital. Witnesses on the scene told police that fourteen-year old Gregory Scott Tony shot Rodriguez.
Among the eighty-nine pages of investigative records released last week by the Florida Commission on Ethics is a three-page interview with Tito Castillo. The interview was conducted by a Philadelphia Police Homicide Detective less than 3 hours after Tony shot Rodriguez. Castillo had spent time inside Episcopal Hospital that day.
Castillo said he learned of the shooting when he saw Rodriguez’s mother inside Episcopal Church.
Castillo told police he went to the hospital for treatment on a stab wound in his right shoulder. Castillo said he was stabbed by Jackie Davis who lived in an abandoned house at 2817 Hutchinson Street. When asked why Davis stabbed him, Castillo said, “Because he said that I have 20 dollars of his. I don’t have twenty dollars of his.”
Castillo told the detective he had known Rodriguez for six years. He stated he had known Gregory Tony for five years.
The detective asked Castillo if Jackie Davis was friends with Gregory Tony. “Yes he is,” Castillo said.
Police asked Castillo, “When Jackie stabbed you, did Gregory or Hector see this?”
“Yes, they were both there,” Castillo said.
The detective asked “Was the $20.00 debt over drugs?”
Castillo responded, “Yes, Jackie sells drugs.”
In the other police interviews, witnesses were asked if drugs played any role in the death of Hector “Chino” Rodriguez. Since many of the witnesses were members of the Rodriguez family, it is not surprising they denied any knowledge of drugs.
Clearly, detectives quickly surmised drugs and drug-dealing played some role in the violence that day.
The newly-revealed statement by Castillo places Gregory Tony at the scene of second violent crime on May 3, 1993.
Did Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony have any involvement in drug trafficking in the Philadelphia “Badlands” in the early 1990s?
Did Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony accompany Jackie Davis to collect a drug debt from Tito Castillo?
Did Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony witness Jackie Davis stab Tito Castillo over a $20 drug debt?
Was Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony a close friend or associate of Jackie Davis?
Broward residents deserve real answers about this matter.