Man shot, $70,000 taken in N.E. Phila. holdup

A 37-year-old businessman was shot and $70,000 taken during a robbery in the parking lot outside a bank in Northeast Philadelphia, police said.

The robbery occurred outside the Citizens Bank branch in the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue shortly after 6 p.m., said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man was shot in the right arm and was reported in stable condition at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus.

The victim, who owns several businesses in the area, had just parked his minivan when another minivan blocked him from behind and two men with their faces covered emerged from the vehicle, Small said.

The robbers had waited in their white minivan for as long as an hour and then moved swiftly once the victim arrived, Small said.

The men announced a robbery but could not get into the victim's vehicle because he had locked the doors, Small said. The victim was shot in the upper right arm. Both the driver-side and passenger-side windows were shattered, though it was unclear if both windows were shot out.

One of the assailants reached in through the passenger-side window and took a bag that contained the money, Small said. The men then fled in their minivan, possibly a Dodge Caravan, and were last seen on Cottman Avenue.

The victim's version of events was corroborated by surveillance video from the bank and a Pathmark supermarket.

"The entire robbery was caught on tape," Small said.