Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Cops: Dirtbags shoot man over dirt bike

A man is fighting for his life after being shot in Hunting Park yesterday by two men who wanted his dirt bike, police said.

It happened about 3:30 p.m. on 5th Street near Erie Avenue, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The 31-year-old victim was shot by one of two men who demanded he hand over his Yamaha 125cc dirt bike.

The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital by a witness, where he remained last night in critical condition, Small said.

Witnesses said a thin man wearing all blue and a heavyset man "well over 300 pounds" wearing all gray were the shooters, Small said.

They used a revolver and were seen fleeing westbound on Erie Avenue, with at least one of them riding the pilfered dirt bike, he said.

The Northwest Detective Division was investigating. Tipsters should call 215-686-8477.

Another sex assault reported at West Chester U.

West Chester University officials are investigating what they say is the fifth sexual assault reported this month.

A female student told campus security that an man approached her about 12:30 a.m. yesterday and grabbed her buttocks, said Pam Sheridan, a university spokeswoman. The victim pulled out pepper spray and the man fled, she said.

The incident came on the heels of an incident Wednesday, when a man in his late 50s or early 60s allegedly grabbed a female student's thigh in the university's library, Sheridan said. A suspect, who has no affiliation with the school, has been arrested by the Chester County Sheriff's Office in that incident.

Man robbed twice in same day, police say

Police released information yesterday about two men who they say robbed a man twice in the same day earlier this month.

The thefts took place April 17, when a man, whose age wasn't available, was attacked by two men while sitting inside his vehicle on Larchwood Avenue near 55th Street in West Philadelphia, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives.

One of the attackers held the victim at gunpoint while his partner choked him. They stole the victim's wallet, cellphone and $350 in cash, before fleeing in a black Dodge Charger, Walker said.

About four hours later, while the victim was being interviewed by police, the same two men went to the victim's apartment in Lower Moreland Township, using information found in the man's wallet.

There, they talked their way past the security desk and gained access to the victim's apartment. Once inside, they snatched clothing, jewelry, electronics and $3,000 in cash, Walker said.

Detectives from the Southwest Division and police from Lower Moreland Township were reviewing surveillance footage from that apartment complex.

- Vinny Vella

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