Archive: August, 2010
Six lousy bucks.
That's what the two heartless thugs who attacked a 93-year-old woman in her Center City apartment building got on Monday. Police now are hunting the robbers - whose ruse was caught on surveillance camera - in hopes of bringing justice to the victim and ensuring it doesn't happen again.
Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said the two men appeared to be stalking the victim when she entered her high-rise at 15th and Locust streets about 10 a.m. Monday. Security cameras show one man strolling boldly past a security guard and following his prey into the elevator, while the other suspect distracted the guard with a phony story about his grandmother once living in the building. See the video here.
Numbers are numbers -- you can stretch them and twist them to make a whole bunch of different points.
Take the homicide count. As of Tuesday night, the city had recorded 197 murders, 10 more than at this time last year. Mention the unwelcome increase to a public official, and you'd likely be met with a wave of numbers. One murder is too many, he or she might say. Still, the official might add, the murder tally is down 24 percent from this point in 2007, when it stood at a mind-numbing 264.
Progress. The city's made progress.
A 19-year-old man was shot in the neck in Kingsessing about 7:30 tonight.
Police said the victim, whose name was not released, was wounded at 55th Street and Willows Avenue. He was admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition.
The shooter was initially described as a black man in a dark shirt who fled south on 55th Street on a bicycle, police said. Tipsters can contact Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183.
This afternoon police announced the arrest of a 42-year-old man they say was responsible for the violent assault of a Philadelphia police officer yesterday. Perry Martin, of South Philadelphia, was arrested this afternoon at 28th and Morris Streets and faces charges of aggravated assault and related offenses for yesterday's incident in which police allege he picked up Lt. Douglas Stanford, flipped him over and body slammed him into the concrete causing broken ribs and a bruised lung after Stanford was attempting to arrest him after he allegedly committed a retail theft inside a Rite Aid Pharmacy at 15th Street and Moyamensing Avenue, cops said. Stanford is still recovering at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said.
Police have identified a man found shot to death near the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge yesterday morning as Timothy Sullivan, 47, of Folcroft, Delaware County.
Sullivan, who lived on Carter Road near Taylor Drive, had been shot once in the head. His body was found about 6 a.m. in a lot adjacent to the refuge on 86th Street near Lindbergh Boulevard.