The distraught father of a former Playboy playmate who was found strangled to death in his luxury Philadelphia condominium last week has spoken out, a day after an ex-convict was arrested and charged with his murder.
Jonathan Wesley Harris, 30, of Johnstown, was arrested Wednesday in Pittsburgh when he got off a bus, said the Lower Merion Police Department and the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.
Harris was charged with first, second and third degree murder along with robbery, theft and related crimes in the August 22 killing of Christina Kraft, 36, in the suburb west of Ardmore.
Law enforcement officials said Harris had just been released on July 15 from the Greene State Correctional Institution for recent convictions for drugs and theft.
Kraft's father, Stuart Kraft, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday after his arrest: "We're going to get justice … it's a big problem that he's in prison; he is comfortable there. "
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Stuart Kraft appears in the photo with his late daughter, Christina Kraft, on Facebook. The model was strangled to death last week in her luxurious Philly condo
Jonathan Wesley Harris, 30, of Johnstown, was arrested while leaving a bus in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The ex-convict sent a text message to a friend the same day she was found strangled: "I just met this sexy ** ** b **** at her home in Ardmore now."
Kraft last saw her eldest daughter two weeks ago, when they met for dinner in New Jersey, where the family is from, before they found her strangled in her bloody room.
"Someone must be held responsible for his death," Kraft told the Inquirer.
The victim's father said his family is considering hiring a lawyer to investigate the circumstances of Harris' recent release from prison.
He described his latest model daughter as "the brightest light that has ever existed" and said "she was all that."
Kraft's father also spoke about his daughter to DailyMail.com last week: "She was a carefree lady, she loved life.
"He loved being around people and he liked having fun with people and that's what I think happened, I think someone saw his happiness and took advantage of that."
An autopsy indicated that Kraft's nose was fractured and died of strangulation by ligature
In addition to her time with Playboy, the model appeared in Maxim Magazine, Vanity Fair, Victoria & # 39; s Secret and Smashbox Cosmetics during her glamorous career.
In addition to her role in Playboy, the model appeared in Maxim Magazine, Vanity Fair, Victoria & # 39; s Secret and Smashbox Cosmetics during her glamorous career, according to her biography of Model Mayhem.
Police said Kraft took a shuttle service to Philadelphia hours before she was killed when she met Harris. The two later returned to their apartment in Ardmore, where he had moved the previous week.
The authorities said that an informant pointed to the accused after the surveillance images were published. The informant said that Harris had indicated in text messages that he had just met a woman and that he was at his residence in Ardmore on August 22.
Kraft's body was found in his bloodstained room that night after the police went to verify his welfare. An autopsy indicated that his nose was fractured and he died of strangulation by ligature.
According to police, Harris sent a text message to a friend saying: "I just met this sexy ** ** b **** at her home in Ardmore now."
It is believed that Harris is the man who was filmed entering his house hours before he was found dead, but he never left her in the camera.
She was sent at 2.40 in the morning when she was found dead. It is believed that Harris is the man who was filmed entering his home hours before he was found dead, but never left in front of the camera.
A lawyer was not on Harris' list in court documents. Could not find a number listed for him.
Kraft was buried at a funeral in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Among the mourners was the 36-year-old father who greeted others outside the church of Ventor after the service.
On Monday, the coffin bearers removed her from the church in a white coffin and placed her in a hearse adorned with flowers.
Kraft was buried on Wednesday at a religious service in New Jersey
The woman's fiance, Alexander Ciccotelli, was emotionally out afterwards
Kraft's father, Stuart, shook hands with the funeral director, then
The model was murdered four days after being stolen by Andre Melton.
On August 17, Kraft left and "fainted" after ordering an espresso martini at the Sofitel hotel.
The next day, she felt "extremely ill" after waking up with the same clothes she had worn the night before.
She knew that she had not given anyone permission to enter her residence or permission to take her property, according to Melton's arrest warrant.
The congregation emerged from the parish of Holy Trinity in Ventor, New Jersey somberly
The floral arrangements included purple and white flowers in homage to the model
Mourners arrive for Christina Carlin-Kraft's funeral on Wednesday in New Jersey
Kraft (pictured left in 2016 when she was accused of assaulting a restaurant manager and just on vacation) was found dead in the bedroom of her ground floor apartment in Ardmore, Pennsylvania on Wednesday at 9.15 p.m.
Surveillance footage of August 18 when she seemed unsteady on her feet and stopped by a man when she returned home seemed to corroborate the story.
The video, according to the police, showed that she fell, but they picked her up and put her in the elevator to go to her second-floor apartment.
Then, the man was filmed and left his house with a box of products.
Subsequently, Melton was charged with criminal intrusion, theft and receipt of stolen property when Kraft's design accessories and jewelry were recovered on his property.
He has not been implicated in his death.
The model just moved into this condo, the Cambridge Square Condominiums, a week ago