Archive: December, 2010
Philadelphia police are probing whether two overnight crimes — a suspicious death and an indecent assault — could be linked to the elusive Kensington strangler who police suspect in two slayings and five other assaults on prostitutes.
Commissioner Charles Ramsey led a news conference this morning in which he urged citizens, especially those in Kensington, to immediately report assaults or suspicious activity. Still, he urged residents to avoid panic and warned against assuming all attacks are the strangler’s work.
“All of you know we have more than one criminal in the city of Philadelphia, so it is not a foregone conclusion that this is the same individual who has done all of these things,” Ramsey said. “We don’t know. We’re not saying it is. We’re not saying it isn’t. But if someone is assaulted, it’s imperative that they contact us immediately.”
Police asking for the public's help in finding three men who robbed Southwest Philadelphia Insurance Agency
Philadelphia Police are asking for the public's help in finding three men who they say robbed a Southwest Philadelphia Insurance Agency on Saturday afternoon.
The men, all in their mid-to late twenties, came into the Pierce Insurance Agency on 63rd Street near Haverford Avenue, around 4:15 p.m. Saturday brandishing handguns, cops said. They ordered everyone inside to the ground and took their wallets plus $500 and fled westbound on Haverford Avenue from 63rd street, cops said. Tipsters are asked to call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183, -84.
When will it stop?
Yet another woman was assaulted in Kensington late last night and a police task force investigating a series of stranglings and chokings in the area is looking into the case, Lt. Ray Evers, police spokesman said.
The victim, who is in her 40s, went willingly with a man to his truck on Allegheny Avenue near Frankford around 11:45 p.m., police said. Once inside the truck, the woman was physically and sexually assaulted by the man, but Evers declined to say whether or not - like other recent victims - this woman was choked.
Police issued an updated sketch of a sexual assault suspect this afternoon and said that man, who is believed to be responsible for at least two prior assaults in Kensington involving choking, may be behind one that happened early this morning.
This morning's assault, which occurred on Sergeant Street near Kensington Avenue - the exact same location as one that occurred on Oct. 31 - happened around 2:10 a.m. when a 33-year-old woman was pulled into an alley by her hair, police said. Once in the alley, the man strangled her, punched her and hit her in the head with a brick, according to police. He also tried to stab her with a pair of scissors, but she was able to wrestle them away from him, police said.
The sketch was provided to police by one of several women who have have previously given similar descriptions of an attacker that choked and sexually assaulted them in the Kensington area. Today's victim also offered a similar description of her attacker, according to police. She said he was a black man between 20 and 24 and between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 11. She described him as slender, between 160 and 170 pounds with facial hair and an iPod.
Police are investigating an assault on a woman in Kensington this morning, which comes on the heels of two months of assaults on women in the area, and they are also looking into a shooting and robbery this morning in Oxford Circle that left a man in critical condition.
Around 2:11 a.m., a 36-year-old woman was hit in the back of the head with a brick and threatened with a pair of scissors while on Sergeant Street near Kensington Avenue, police said. The suspect, whose description was not immediately available, attempted to rape her but she managed to escape, according to police.
Authorities have not yet said if the assault is connected to a series of attacks on women in Kensington and the immediate area, including the death of Allison Edwards, 22, on Friday, the latest of three women to be slain by strangulation since Nov. 3.
Philadelphia police have linked a third case to the serial groper preying on women in the Spring Garden neighborhood.
In that case, a 36-year-old woman told police that an unknown man indecently assaulted her as they waited for a bus at 9:40 p.m. Oct. 27 at 16th and Spring Garden streets. The man fled south on 16th Street after the attack. He is described as a clean-shaven black man, age 22 to 25, 5-foot-7, of medium build, wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored suede jacket and with a book bag slung across his chest.
More recently, the groper accosted two women between 7 and 7:15 p.m. Thursday. The first victim was grabbed by a man as she tried to flag down a taxi at 16th and Spring Garden streets. Minutes later, police said, another woman was grabbed as she got something out of her car at 15th and Green streets. Police said the victims described the assailant as a black man who wore a dark jacket and a scarf around his face.
Bensalem police have arrested five women on prostitution charges after an undercover investigation at three spas in the Lower Bucks County burg.
On Dec. 1 and 2, several undercover officers entered the Tokyo Sun Spot on Lincoln Hwy and the MV Spa and Star Day Spa, both on Street Road. Inside the spas, workers offered to perform various sex acts in exchange for money, police said.
Police arrested Soon Kim, 46, of New York, Sun cha Broome, 52, of California; and Jung Lee, 45, Chong Footman, 54, and Ok Hui Alford, 58, all of South Korea.
Two women were groped by a pervert in the Spring Garden section of the city between 7 and 7:15 tonight, police said.
The first victim was grabbed by a man as she tried to flag down a taxi at 16th and Spring Garden streets. Minutes later, police said, another woman was grabbed as she got something out of her car at 15th and Green streets. Police said the victims described the assailant as a black man who wore a dark jacket and a scarf around his face.
Anyone with information on the incidents can contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251.