Saturday, December 27, 2014

Police: T-shirt leads to arrest in robbery of UPenn student

A unique t-shirt has led to the arrest of a teen accused of robbing a University of Pennsylvania student at gunpoint last month in South Philadelphia.

Police said an unknown male was captured on surveillance video around 8 p.m. July 14, stalking for victims in the area of the 1800 block of South Broad Street, near Moore Street.

He could then be seen on video following the victim, a 28-year-old woman, as she walked south on Broad Street from Moore Street, according to investigators.

The robber allegedly approached the woman at gunpoint on the 1400 block of Mifflin Street. Police said he made away with her wallet containing $100, a Pennsylvania identification card, a Citizen’s Bank card and a Penn student ID card.

During their investigation, detectives reviewed the Facebook page of a 16-year-old suspect and saw a photograph of the teen wearing a t-shirt printed with a picture of Abraham Lincoln holding a boombox, police said.

The shirt appeared to be identical to the one worn by the male captured on surveillance video committing the robbery, according to investigators.

The 16-year-old, whose identity is not being released, also lives near the 1400 block of Mifflin Street, where the crime took place, police said.

A search warrant was executed at his home, and he was taken into custody without incident.

The teen is charged with robbery and related offenses, police said.


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