The brother of a Windsor Township man charged with murdering his girlfriend's baby in Delaware County has pleaded no contest in two York County assault cases and still faces charges for allegedly threatening a Delaware County cop.
Jawwad Rushdi, 33, of 979 Castle Pond Drive in Windsor Township, avoided prison as part of a negotiated plea agreement and instead will be on probation for three years. He pleaded no contest to simple assault in one case and to two counts of simple assault in another case.
Senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake said probation was the standard-range sentence in these misdemeanor cases, especially for someone such as Rushdi, who has no criminal record.
First assistant public defender Clasina Houtman declined to say why her client pleaded no contest rather than guilty to the charges.
Defendants who plead no contest aren't admitting guilt. Rather, they are saying they don't contest the charges against them. In all other respects, no-contest pleas have the same effect as guilty pleas.
Rushdi was charged in two separate York City cases with allegedly physically attacking a total of four people, including a woman, according to court documents.
At mosque: Rushdi went to the Noor Mosque at 344 S. George St. about 9 p.m. Sept. 18, 2012, and began looking through windows, taking pictures of the people inside and yelling, "If you come out, I'll beat you," documents state.
Two members of the mosque, Abdul Muhammad and Rafiq Ahmad, went outside and repeatedly told him to stop, police said.
Rushdi punched Muhammad in the face and struck Ahmad in the back of the head, documents allege. He then punched a woman, Hasina Bibi, in the forehead, police said.
Another member of the mosque told police Rushdi had been barred from the mosque for "a previous incident," documents state.
Earlier encounter: Two days earlier, on Sept. 16, 2012, York City Police were called to the 200 block of East Boundary Avenue about 1 a.m., where Tian Ren told officers he was physically attacked by Rushdi, documents state.
Rushdi punched Ren numerous times in the head and face during a dispute over a vehicle, police said. Ren suffered a fractured right eye socket that required plastic surgery, documents state.
Rushdi remains free on $50,000 bail for a Delaware County case in which he is accused of threatening a police officer and a woman at the courthouse there Nov. 20.
He was there visiting his brother, Ummad Rushdi, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend's baby.
Threats alleged: During the incident, Jawwad Rushdi made threats to the lead investigator in his brother's Upper Darby murder case, according to court documents. He is charged with making terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct.
Jawwad Rushdi allegedly called the Upper Darby detective corrupt and a terrorist, documents state.
A woman who had a black eye told Jawwad Rushdi he shouldn't talk to the detective that way, prompting Jawwad Rushdi to say, "Shut your mouth before I blacken your other eye. ... I will beat both your asses," court documents state.
Houtman has said her client denies the Delaware County allegations.
Missing baby: Ummad Rushdi, 31, also of 979 Castle Pond Drive, remains in Delaware County's prison without bail, charged with first-degree murder and related offenses. He faces a possible death penalty if convicted.
He is accused of killing 7-month-old Hamza Ali, the son of his then-girlfriend, on Aug. 4. They were in Upper Darby visiting Rushdi's parents when Hamza went missing; the child's body has never been found .
Upper Darby Police allege he confessed he shook Hamza when the baby wouldn't stop crying, then buried the body. But Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood has his own theory.
"He despised that child ... and he killed that child," Chitwood has said. "I believe it was a horrible death."
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