The suspect in an armed robbery and assault Wednesday morning who shocked cops in Southwest Philadelphia with another officer's Taser was arrested and hospitalized after a scuffle in a vacant house.
Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division, gave this account:
A 37-year-old woman was walking along Grays Avenue near 63rd about 7:30 a.m. when Alexander Wade, 25, of Southwest Philadelphia, approached her from behind, pistol-whipped her and demanded cash.
After taking $150 from the woman, Wade grabbed her, slammed her head against a nearby house and continued pistol-whipping her before fleeing the scene on foot.
The woman ran to a friend’s house and called police — who happened to see a man fitting Wade’s description on Glenmore Street near 65th.
Wade ran into an abandoned house on Gould Street near Woodland Avenue when police began chasing him, and cops trailed him to a bedroom on the second floor.
He fought three cops who were trying to subdue him and one of the officers eventually tazed him.
“It had minimal effect,” Walker said.
Wade snatched the cop’s Taser and shocked two other police officers who were trying to subdue him.
While the electrified cops writhed in pain, the officer whose Taser Wade was using grabbed another officer's Taser and used it to subdue him.
He was taken into custody and was hospitalized at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The woman Wade assaulted was also taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was listed in stable condition Wednesday night. She’ll need stitches to close the gashes on her head.
Wade, of 66th Street near Greenway Avenue, will face charges of robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, weapons violations and others.
The police officers were not injured.