Bristol, Pa. (WTXF) - Authorities say a Philadelphia man was charged Friday with two counts of homicide in the strangulation death of a pregnant young mother in her Bristol Township apartment.
Jaleel Lamar Loper, 27, of the 2600 block of Southampton Road, is charged with criminal homicide, criminal homicide of an unborn child, and possessing an instrument of crime in the deaths of Anna Angok, 29, and her unborn child, according to investigators.
He was arraigned Friday and held without bail in the Bucks County Correctional Facility.
Bristol Township police officers found Angok’s body slumped over on a couch in her Newportville Road apartment shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Her 2-year-old daughter was found unharmed, seated on a chair beside the couch, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Angok was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say an autopsy conducted Friday morning determined that she had been strangled and that she was pregnant when killed.
According to the affidavit, Loper and Angok had been in a relationship and Loper knew that she was pregnant. Chat files extracted from one of Angok’s two cell phones, which were found at the scene, indicated that she had told Loper earlier in the day that their relationship was over, and that Loper had accused her of aborting their child, the affidavit said.
At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the affidavit said, an unidentified man called 911, providing Angok’s address in the Glen Hollow Apartments and saying, “Please hurry.” Police went to the apartment and, receiving no response, departed.
Minutes later, police returned after a second 911 call, this time from a woman who had been contacted by Angok’s foster father, the affidavit said.
According to the woman, the foster father had received a call from Angok’s cell phone at 5:51 p.m. The call had been made by a man who reported that Angok was unconscious and in need of help, the affidavit said.
The woman told police that she had dropped off Angok and her daughter at the apartment around 4:20 p.m. after picking them up at Angok’s workplace and the toddler’s daycare, according to the affidavit.
Investigators say in an interview with police Friday, Loper acknowledged having been in the vicinity of Angok’s apartment around the time of the slaying, but claimed he had been with someone else during the time she was killed.
That person refuted Loper’s alibi, saying that he did not encounter Loper until after 6:18 p.m. – 18 minutes after the first, anonymous 911 call – when Loper called him to ask for a ride to the bus, the affidavit said.
Investigators say detectives found other inconsistencies in Loper’s account of his whereabouts the night of the slaying.
The next day he failed to show up at his job in Bensalem, but left four voicemails for a Bucks County detective, the affidavit said. The voicemails professed concern for Angok’s well-being, saying that he had been calling her and her family members repeatedly in an effort to contact her, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said Loper claimed in the voicemails that he had not communicated with Angok since Wednesday afternoon when she still was at work.
The investigation is ongoing.