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POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:48 PM

Curious as to how the bandits in yesterday’s armored-car heist pulled it off so easily?

Experience, at least according to a law-enforcement source close to the investigation.

The suspects in that robbery, which occurred about 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the TD Bank at Frankford Avenue near Magee in Mayfair, are the “same guys” who ripped off another armored car in October, according to that source.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:04 PM

One man is dead and another is clinging to life after a brutal, execution style attack in Crescentville, police said.

Just before 6 p.m., officers from the 2nd District found two men shot on Newtown Avenue near Godfrey, a narrow, trash strewn street, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Both had duct tape covering their faces, and were bound at the wrists with the same material, Small said.
One of the men was able to free himself from his bindings and talk to the officers. He had been shot three times in his back, arm and leg, and was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center in critical condition.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:32 PM

A Mantua woman sought by police in connection to her daughter's accidental gun death turned herself in to police today, authorities said.

Tiffany Goldwire, 31, was escorted to the department's headquarters in Center City by her lawyer, Eugene P. Tinari just after 1 p.m., police spokeswoman Officer Jillian Russell said.

A warrant had been placed for her arrest yesterday in connection to the death of her daughter Jamara Stevens, who was killed after a loaded gun left in Goldwire's home was accidentally fired by Stevens' 2-year-old brother, police said.

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POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:39 PM

A 25-year-old woman who was shot in the face this morning in West Oak Lane may have been the victim of a robbery, police said.

The woman was on Rugby Street near Mohican around 8:05 a.m. when she was shot. A police spokeswoman said preliminary reports indicate the shooter may have been trying to rob the woman.

The victim was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she is listed in critical but stable condition right now.

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POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 1:26 AM

Two men are fighting for their lives at city hospitals tonight after two violent shootings, police said.

21st and Passyunk streets, South Philadelphia

In the first incident, police rushed a 19-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he'd been shot nine times in his groin and legs just before midnight, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

At the scene of the shooting, near a gas station, investigators found 14 shell casings from two handguns, remnants from an apparent gunbattle.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:41 PM
The alleged suspect.

A conference attendee from out of town was sexually assaulted, robbed and forced to go to the Irish Pub by a man he met on a social networking app Tuesday, according to police. 

The 34-year-old out-of-towner connected with the suspect using GRINDR, which bills itself as a "free gay iPhone App" that uses GPS to help men "find local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends."

According to police, the victim, who was staying at the Hilton Home2 Suites on Arch Street near 12th in Center City, invited the man to his hotel room. There, the suspect claimed he had a gun, sexually assaulted the victim and then made him withdraw a total of $1,000 from five local ATMs, police said. On top of that, he forced the victim to purchase four VISA gift cards each in $500 increments, police said.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:35 PM

This post has been updated.

One man is dead, and two others are fighting for their lives, after getting shot in two separate incidents overnight, police said.

F Street near Whitaker Avenue, Crescentville

In the first incident, two men were found shot inside a home just before midnight.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:49 PM

Looks like someone was paying attention in chemistry class.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with causing and risking catastrophe, reckless endangerment and related offenses after he allegedly brought a homemade bomb to the Feltonville School for the Arts and Sciences yesterday morning, police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said.

The bomb, a plastic bottle filled with household chemicals and water, blew up in the school's courtyard, on Courtland Street near Ella, shortly after the school day had started, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said.

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