Walter Robbins accused of stabbing musician and bartender Roger Segal to death outside South Philly Wawa – NBC10 Philadelphia
A man was arrested and charged with stabbing a bartender and musician to death outside a South Philadelphia Wawa earlier this year.
Around 1 a.m. on February 14, 49-year-old Roger Segal parked his SUV in front of a Wawa store at 1602 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard. Segal entered the store to collect the food he had ordered, then returned to his vehicle to eat.
About three hours later, police were called to Wawa’s parking lot to a report of an armed person. When they arrived, they found Segal unresponsive inside his SUV and suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m. that morning.
Investigators then obtained surveillance video and photos of a man who had parked next to Segal’s SUV in a black van earlier in the morning. The man then drove off before walking back to Segal’s vehicle, police said. He then opened Segal’s SUV and stabbed it, investigators say.
Police later identified Walter Robbins as the suspect in Segal’s murder. On March 22, police were notified that Robbins was in the area of 7th and Snyder streets. Robbins was later found in the 2000 block of South 7th Street and taken into custody, according to the affidavit.
While being questioned by police, Robbins allegedly admitted to stabbing Segal. Investigators said the theft was the motive and that Robbins and Segal did not know each other. Robbins was charged with murder and other related offences.
“I cried straight away. Like I said, it was very bittersweet,” Segal’s friend and colleague Michael Urbanski told NBC10. ‘un. Hopefully justice will be served. But it’s bittersweet. It’s a reminder of what happened, you know? A senseless thing for nothing.
Segal was a musician and bartender who worked at the Woolly Mammoth sports bar on South Street. Friends have described Segal as a generous person, passionate about music and sports.
“A much-loved guy,” Urbanski said. “People come here asking about him and they’re just heartbroken by what we have to tell them, you know?”
A charity concert will be held at Dobbs on South, a concert venue on South Street, in Segal’s honour. Proceeds from the event will go to a charity dedicated to autism research. Friends said Segal was passionate about the cause because his brother had autism.