Rape suspect tracked down at massive car lot

(Vance Lehmkuhl)
Posted: October 19, 2010

1CENTER CITY GROPER NABBED

A man was arrested in Center City last night after he groped five women in the span of a few minutes shortly after 8 p.m. near 10th and Locust streets.

Police said the assailant, who was on a bicycle, grabbed three women who were walking together and struck again moments later when he peddled past two others. An investigator said the groper was arrested nearby and was positively identified by two of the women. Charges had not been filed last night against the suspect, whom police did not identify.

2SUSPECT TRACKED DOWN IN CAR LOT

Chester Township police spent 5 1/2 heart-thumping hours yesterday searching a massive car lot for an elusive rape suspect.

Officers tried to nab the man on a warrant about 1 p.m. at the Auto Logistics Car Depot on Conchester Highway in Upper Chichester. The unidentified man bolted in the depot lot, which contained thousands of cars, police said. He was found hiding in one of the vehicles at 6:33 p.m. and arrested.

3MAN SET UP FOR ROBBERY

A 48-year-old man was bound in duct tape and robbed inside his West Philadelphia apartment Sunday morning after a 17-year-old girl he met at a club set him up, police said.

The man picked the girl up from a club and brought her back to his place on Haverford Avenue near 60th Street, said Lt. Joseph Walsh, of Southwest Detectives. Once in the apartment, the woman made a phone call, and shortly afterward two armed men walked through the door at 3 a.m., police said. After the bandits grabbed $400 and a cell phone, they fled and the woman followed, cops said. The man was not harmed.

UPDATES:

MAN SHOT BY SEPTA POLICE ID'd A man who was shot by a SEPTA cop Saturday after he allegedly waved a gun on the southbound Broad Street Line has been identified as Tyreik Gladney, 28, of Hicks Street near Bristol in North Philadelphia. Gladney was shot once in the chest after he got off the train at the Erie Avenue station about 7:25 p.m. and refused to lower his weapon, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. Gladney was in stable condition at Temple University Hospital.

He has been charged with aggravated assault, firearms violations, possession of marijuana and related charges.

SHOOTING SUSPECT ID'd Police have identified a man who allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend Friday in North Philadelphia as Kenneth Stanton. Stanton, 30, who police said lives across the street from his ex-girlfriend on Warnock Street near Berks, allegedly went to her home about 7:30 p.m. He allegedly shot Quentin Alsbrooks, 33, of Marvine Street near Fitzwater, twice in the chest. Alsbrooks was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. at Temple University Hospital.

-Staff reports

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