Police: Mantua robber returned for victim's car

A man who was robbed early Saturday in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia returned to the crime scene after calling for help only to find that his car had also been stolen, police said.

The victim, 54, was near the 3800 block of Mount Vernon Street around midnight, when an unknown man pointed a handgun at him and demanded he give up his property, according to investigators.

The gunman allegedly took the victim’s cell phone and car keys, then sped east on Wallace Street in a burgundy-colored conversion van.

The victim, who was not injured, walked to the intersection of 38th Street and Girard Avenue to call for a tow truck.

When he returned to the scene of the robbery about 45 minutes later, his silver-colored 2006 Hyundai Sonata was gone, police said.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-10-inch tall, 35-year-old black male weighing about 165 pounds. Police said he is bald, has a full beard and was last seen holding a gray semiautomatic gun with a black handle.

No arrests had yet been made Saturday evening in connection with the crime. Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip to police by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting PPD TIP (773847).


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