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Cops arrest teen wanted for bodega shooting

A 17-year-old wanted for robbing and shooting a West Philadelphia bodega employee last month was captured by police in Bristol earlier today.

Cops arrest teen wanted for bodega shooting

Police say this surveillance image shows Isiah Baldwin minutes before robbing a West Philly bodega on May 12. (File photo)
Police say this surveillance image shows Isiah Baldwin minutes before robbing a West Philly bodega on May 12. (File photo)

A 17-year-old wanted for robbing and shooting a West Philadelphia bodega employee last month was captured by police in Bristol earlier today.

Tipsters told cops that Isiah Baldwin, of 58th Street near Catharine, was hiding out in Bucks County, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

On May 12, Baldwin walked into the Venture Papi Grocery Store, at 58th Street and Washington Avenue, and asked a 35-year-old employee to show him where the laundry detergent was kept, Walker said.

Minutes later, the teen opened fire and wounded the male employee several times, Walker said. A few days after the incident, police released surveillance footage that showed a gun-toting Baldwin robbing the store. 

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The employee, whose name has not been released, is still in a medically-induced coma, he added. Charges against Baldwin in the bodega case are pending. Walker said the teen is currently being held in Bristol on two other open arrest warrants from unrelated cases. He will eventually be transported back to Philadelphia. where he's had numerous brushes with the law, Walker said.

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