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POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:08 PM

Cops and the FBI are seeking help to track down two men who robbed a Chestnut Hill bank Tuesday afternoon.

The pair went into the Sovereign Bank on Stenton Avenue near Gravers Lane just before 12:30 p.m., authorities said, and presented a threatening note to the teller. They obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction, cops said.

The robbers are described as black, about 5 feet 10, and wore black burqa-like robes and black head coverings.

Morgan Zalot @ 5:08 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 4:38 PM

This post has been updated.

Three men were standing on a South Philadelphia corner Tuesday afternoon when someone drove by and opened fire on them, wounding all three, police said.

Authorities said the three were at the corner of 5th and Pierce streets just before 3:30 p.m. when a gold Dodge drove by and the occupants of the vehicle began shooting at them. One victim, 19, was hit once in his left leg and taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by police. The two who were with him on the corner, who police said are both 52 years old, were each hit in the ankle. They were both taken to Jefferson by medics.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 3:17 PM
Larry Samuel, also known as Elijah Samuel, 32, of Coatesville, was charged with burglary, gun offenses and related crimes.

A Chester County homeowner who had a camera trained on his yard to catch wildlife in action instead helped police nab a serial burglar.

Police found images of Larry Samuel, also known as Elijah Samuel, on the camera and were able then to link him to 13 burglaries in East Fallowfield, Valley and Sadsbury townships between Oct. 27 and Feb. 1, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced today.

Samuel, 32, of Coatesville, was charged with burglary, gun offenses and related crimes. Samuel allegedly stole electronics, jewelry, 10 firearms (including revolvers, shotguns, semi-automatics and a rifle), liquor, cash, a mink coat, prescription medication and even a child's bookbag during his three-month burglary spree. In most cases, he allegedly broke in through basement or first-floor windows. But at one home, he scaled a roof and entered through an open second-floor window, according to the criminal complaint. At another, he fished a spare key from under a flower pot and let himself in, according to the complaint.

Dana DiFilippo @ 3:17 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:00 PM
Police investigate a shooting on 2nd Street near Allegheny Avenue that left a 21-year-old man dead on the sidewalk Monday night. (Phillip Lucas)

Updated at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday

A 21-year-old West Philadelphia man was fatally shot on 2nd Street near Allegheny about 8:45 p.m. Monday night in Fairhill.

Police didn't have a description of the suspect - or the shooter's motive - but said the victim was shot in his head, neck and chest.

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POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012, 8:14 PM

Cops are looking for a man who they say picked up a gun discarded by a masked gunman who tried to rob a North Philadelphia corner store Sunday night and shot and killed a good Samaritan who attempted to intervene in the robbery.

Police said 26-year-old Rafael Delvalle was inside La Familia Latina Mini Market at 5th Street and Glenwood Avenue around 8:30 p.m. last night when a masked gunman, identified today by police as Edward Friedland, also 26, burst into the store and announced a robbery.

Friedland and storeowner Antonio Monegro, 39, who pulled his own gun, exchanged gunfire and shot each other, police said. It was when Friedland fled the store and took off running up 5th Street that cops say Delvalle picked up Monegro's gun and began chasing him.


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POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012, 4:52 PM

The SEPTA driver who was attacked by a group of teens Saturday afternoon was rehospitalized Sunday because he was in intense pain, according to SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams.  

"He's still there under pain medication for observation and tests," Williams said this afternoon.

The 45-year-old driver was punched, pulled off of his bus and then beaten by three teen boys who had been unruly passengers, according to police. The driver was treated for a broken nose and received stitches Saturday but was then released from the hospital. He returned yesterday when he began to feel a lot of pain, Williams said.

Stephanie Farr @ 4:52 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 8:05 PM

Cops are investigating a double stabbing in West Philadelphia's Kingsessing section that left a man and a woman hospitalized, one in critical condition, Sunday evening.

Police said a known suspect entered a residence on 58th Street near Warrington Avenue just before 7 p.m. and went on a rampage, stabbing a 22-year-old man several times and stabbing an 18-year-old woman twice in the hands. Both victims were rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where the man was listed in critical condition and the woman was stable.

Police had not yet made any arrests in the incident around 8 p.m. Sunday, and did not give details on what motivated the attack.

Morgan Zalot @ 8:05 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 12:11 AM

Cops chased a man into a SEPTA station and arrested him after he shot a 49-year-old Logan man during a robbery Friday afternoon on Girard Avenue near Watts Street in North Philly.

The alleged thief, a 35-year-old North Philadelphia man, stole a pair of shoes from the victim, and shot him in the lower right side of his abdomen just after 5 p.m., police said.

Police were unsure Friday night whether any cash was taken from the victim.

Phillip Lucas @ 12:11 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
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