Man arrested for series of armed robberies

Police have arrested a 49-year-old West Philadelphia man for a string of armed robberies at local bars since early September.

Eugene Calhoun, of Conestoga Street near Poplar, faces 10 charges including robbery, theft and assault in connection with four armed robberies, Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division said.

Eugene Calhoun
Cops say Eugene Calhoun robbed four bars in West Philadelphia armed with a shotgun.

The man allegedly robbed the Good Times Bar, on Lansdowne Avenue near 55th Street in Overbrook, on Sept. 7.

On Sept. 30, the same man allegedly walked into Famous Bar, on Haverford near Overbrook Avenue in Overbrook Park, wielding a shotgun and robbed it.

On Oct. 1, Calhoun allegedly robbed the Jay-Z Tavern, on Girard Avenue near 55th, and two days later the Cobbs Creek Inn, on Catherine Street near Cobbs Creek Parkway.

In three of the four incidents, police were told to look for a small red car with a discolored front passenger-side door.

Police found the car, a 1991 Toyota Corolla, on Bristol Street near 6th, on Oct. 17. Walker said an investigation led police to arresting Calhoun on Friday.

Calhoun’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, according to court documents.