Wednesday, April 1, 2015

S. Philly man arrested in bank robbery, bomb hoax

Paul Raffa, 32, of the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia, was arrested Friday in connection with a bank robbery and bomb threat in Center City on Thursday afternoon.

S. Philly man arrested in bank robbery, bomb hoax

Paul Raffa (Philadelphia Police Photo)
Paul Raffa (Philadelphia Police Photo) Philadelphia Police photo

Paul Raffa, 32, of the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia, was arrested Friday in connection with a bank robbery and bomb threat in Center City on Thursday afternoon.

Raffa, of Snyder Street near 3rd, allegedly walked into a PNC Bank branch on Market Street near 11th around 3 p.m. on April 19 and slid a threatening demand note to a teller, police said.

He demanded money and said that he was carrying a bomb in his bag. Police said Raffa left his bag inside the bank and fled with $3,000 in cash.

Market Street between 11th and 12th was closed until about 4 p.m. while authorities investigated the bag Raffa left behind.

They eventually found that his bag contained a water bottle and reopened Market Street to pedestrians and vehicles.

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