The Upper Darby house of a local strip club promoter was targeted over the weekend by two armed invaders who terrorized the man's girlfriend and child and ran off with $60,000 in cash, according to police.
The 40-year-old victim, whose name was not released, is a promoter for Club Onyx on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia, a venue which bills itself as the "No. 1 urban adult strip club in your city," according to the establishment's website.
"The victim has nothing to do with the ownership of the club but he promotes these pole-dancing strip shows and brings in all these strippers from all over the country," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "We hear it's so busy on the nights he runs these shows that it would take you 20 minutes in line to get to the bathroom."
The promoter was not at home when two men broke in to his house on Beverly Boulevard near Sherbrook Road in Upper Darby around 1 a.m. Saturday, but his 28-year-old girlfriend and 4-year-old son were, Chitwood said.
The men, one of whom was armed with a silver handgun, forced the woman to retrieve a safe containing about $60,000, which they stole, along with her $1,500 ring, police said. Neither the woman or her child was hurt during the break in.
Believing the invasion was "obviously a set up," police were able to identify Randall Overton, 28, of Philadelphia, as a suspect and arrested him Saturday night. Chitwood said Overton is a "hanger around" at Club Onyx, which is one of the ways police were led to him.
Police have not yet identified the second suspect but they do believe both men may have been working with someone inside Club Onyx.
"You just don't pick out a house in the phone book," Chitwood said. "We think the information for the rip off came from someone at the club."
Overton has been charged with robbery, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses, police said.
"He ain't saying nothing," Chitwood said of Overton. "He's got a Ph.D. in crime."