Friday, October 31, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:33 PM

A North Philly man was gunned down tonight in an execution style attack, police said.

Just after 4:30 p.m., Rodney Richardson, 28, was shot seven times in his torso, chest, back and arm as he was stood in the walkway of a home on 11th Street near Poplar, a police source said.

Medics rushed him to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about a half hour later.

Vinny Vella @ 6:33 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:58 PM

Some sharp-eyed West Philadelphians helped detectives nab a robbery suspect, police said.

Londae Brown, 20, has been charged with robbery, theft and related offenses after allegedly attacking and robbing a woman early Tuesday, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

Brown allegedly encountered his victim, a 24-year-old woman, about 9 a.m. as she was walking on Windsor Avenue near 48th Street, said Walker.

Vinny Vella @ 8:58 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 2:07 PM
Still from surveillance video.

A bizarre attack by a gun- and bat-wielding duo on a man in Queen Village last weekend was captured on camera, and police on Wednesday released surveillance video in hopes someone may recognize the perpetrators.

The attack happened about 2:40 a.m. Saturday on Carpenter Street between Front and 2nd streets, police said. The video shows a woman and a man on the block, the woman clearly armed with a baseball bat. Seconds into the footage, the pair approach another man.

After exchanging words -- which police have said consisted of one of the attackers telling the victim, "You know what you did, you son of a b----!" -- the woman hit the 36-year-old victim with the bat. The victim attempted to get away, and the male assailant then opened fire on him, according to police, wounding him in the leg.

Morgan Zalot @ 2:07 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:46 PM

The man shot to death in broad daylight on a Strawberry Mansion street Tuesday afternoon was identified by police on Wednesday.

Ernest Tisdale, 38, who lived on Dover Street near Cumberland, was on 29th Street less than a block from his home when someone opened fire on him, wounding him at least once in the chest, police said.

Medics pronounced Tisdale dead on the street. Police on Wednesday were still working to determine a suspect and motive in the homicide, which was the 218th slaying so far this year, according to police statistics. As of the same date last year, the city had recorded 205 homicides.

Morgan Zalot @ 1:46 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:16 AM

This post has been updated.

Deion Jordan spent the past few months on a one-man crime spree that ended in kidnapping, murder - and now jail, police said.

Jordan, 34, of McCallum Street near Hortter in West Mount Airy, was caught after he led police on a high-speed chase through Delaware County Oct. 19, when friends of a man he allegedly kidnapped and ransomed alerted authorities, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Once he was in custody, police sources said, he allegedly confessed he killed an East Mount Airy man during a robbery. Police are also eyeing him as the serial masked bank robber who has held up a few city and suburban banks since the summer.

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:16 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:03 PM

Someone on the Philadelphia Police Department's social media team is in the Halloween spirit.

Police released surveillance footage this morning of what appears to be a woman stealing a Halloween decoration from the front porch of South Philly home last week, but this surveillance footage is not like the others released by Philly PD.

While most other surveillance videos uploaded to the department's YouTube account are silent films, this one has a soundtrack.

Stephanie Farr @ 12:03 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 10:26 AM

Police have identified two weekend murder victims.

At 4th Street and Indiana Avenue in Fairhill, someone shot Alexander Ruiz, 25, of 8th Street near Indiana Avenue, in the chest at 12:11 a.m. Saturday, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. He died about 15 minutes later at Temple University Hospital. A second man, 20, also was shot and was in serious condition with gunshot wounds to his hip and buttocks, O'Brien said.

At Forrest and Andrews avenues in West Oak Lane, someone shot James Palmer, 28, of Wakefield Street near Penn in Wister, in the back and head just after 9 p.m. last night. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene.

The motive and suspects in both cases are listed as unknown. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.
Dana DiFilippo @ 10:26 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:50 PM

Nearly three dozen dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles -- plus an illegal gun found on one of the bikes' riders -- were off the streets of Philadelphia Sunday night after a daylong citywide sting aimed at confiscating the illegal vehicles.

By 7 p.m., 34 dirt bikes and ATVs had been confiscated throughout the city -- part of a regular initiative run by Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson, who oversees the city's Regional Operations Command, specially detailed district officers and the Major Crimes Unit to get the bikes and four-wheelers off the city's streets.

"Today's operation was really successful. We're still at it," Wilson said at the Major Crimes Auto Squad headquarters, at Whitaker Avenue and Macalester Street in Juniata Park.

Morgan Zalot @ 8:50 PM  Permalink |
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