Archive: March, 2012
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A 32-year-old parking garage attendant was abducted in Center City, robbed and dropped off in Kensington Wednesday evening, police said.
A white Chrysler Town and Country mini-van pulled up to the Five Star Parking Garage on Chestnut Street near 8th Wednesday afternoon and two men pulled the woman inside, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
A surveillance camera recorded three men assault and rob a man in Logan on March 3, and police are asking for help from the public to identify the trio.
About 3:35 p.m., the men approached the victim from behind on Wingohocking Street near Old York Road and began punching him in his head and torso, police said.
While the man was being beaten and leaned against a parked car, the robbers reached into his pockets and stole $900 in cash, police said.
A 13-year-old girl was walking home from school in Northeast Philadelphia's Castor section Wednesday afternoon when she was pulled into an alley and sexually assaulted by two teenagers, police said.
She was approached around 3:30 p.m. by two teen boys who pulled her into a rear alley behind homes on Fanshawe Street near Loretto Avenue and sexually assaulted her, Sgt. Robert Sutula of the Special Victims Unit said.
Sutula said the assault was interrupted by a homeowner who drove into the alley. Investigators were knocking on doors in the neighborhood to see if there were any other witnesses.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he assaulted a dean at Simon Gratz High School, a Mastery Charter School in Nicetown, Wednesday morning, police said.
Police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said the boy, who was in the Mastery Alternative Pupil Support Program, was going after a female student just before 8:30 a.m. when a dean, who is a woman, intervened and was assaulted.
Little gave the following account of the incident:
A store owner was hospitalized in extremely critical condition after being shot twice during an attempted armed robbery in West Oak Lane Tuesday night.
About 7:30 p.m., police responded to Haines Street near Rodney in West Oak Lane and found the 39-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to his right arm and the right side of his chest.
Police said the suspect walked into the store and reached behind the counter. A struggle ensued, and the man fired at least three shots before he fled the scene on foot.
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Two men who were each shot in the leg in North Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon initially told police that two other men had shot them during an attempted robbery. But cops said their story didn't quite check out.
After interviewing a witness, police determined that their story was fabricated, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Police are searching for three men who stormed into the Luck Sue Deli in South Philadelphia, pointed an assault rifle at the clerk and robbed the store on March 1.
The suspects rushed into the deli on 24th Street near Tasker about 10:10 p.m., and the man who was holding an assault rifle ran up to the clerk's window. Another suspect stood guard near the door, and the third suspect climbed over a shelf.
Surveillance footage shows the third suspect trying to open the cash register while his accomplices stood by. He was unable to open the register, and snatched boxes of cigars from the clerk's window before the trio fled on foot.
In the second incident of its kind in a little more than a week, a student in a Philadelphia school shot a classmate with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon and was subsequently suspended from school and arrested.
School district spokesman Fernando Gallard said a seventh-grader brought a plastic pellet gun to Henry A. Brown Academic Plus School, a K-8 at Sergeant and Jasper streets in Kensington. The young thug then proceeded to shoot a classmate in the back of the head around 11:30 a.m., officials said.
Another student in the class witnessed the incident, and the boy with the gun was immediately suspended and placed under arrest by Philadelphia Police, Gallard said. Like the fifth-grader who shot a classmate with a BB gun in North Philadelphia last Monday, Gallard said, the boy will likely be expelled.