Man, 19, found slain outside cemetery

Posted: March 27, 2012

Man, 19, found slain outside cemetery

* Frankford Avenue near Cheltenham

Police are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man who was found outside a cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia's Wissinoming section late Sunday.

The victim died at 12:16 Monday morning at Aria Health's Torresdale hospital, police said.

Officers on patrol found the man facedown and bleeding, police said. He had been shot in the head, chest and arm, police said.

It is not yet clear whether the young man had been shot there or elsewhere.

Man shot, in critical condition

* Marshall Street near Luzerne

Police are investigating a shooting Monday afternoon in Hunting Park that left a man in critical condition.

An unidentified gunman opened fire just after 3:30 p.m., wounding a 30-year-old man twice in the chest, police said. The shooter was described as a black man who was wearing a blue shirt and jeans, and who was seen fleeing west on Luzerne toward 9th Street.

Medics rushed the victim to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Cops search for purse-snatcher

* South Street near Broad

Police are searching for a man who snatched a woman's purse from her shoulder at the Lombard-South Street SEPTA station on Wednesday.

A woman was walking up the stairway from the subway station toward Broad Street when the man approached her from behind, police said.

He grabbed her purse, ran back down the stairway and fled the subway station through a different exit, police said.

The man was recorded on a surveillance camera inside the station. Police are asking for help from the public to identify and arrest him.

The robber was described as a thin, dark-skinned black man wearing a khaki-colored button-down shirt, a black T-shirt, khaki pants, white sneakers, sunglasses and a black hat.

Tipsters are asked to call 215-686-TIPS (8477).

Cops find stolen bikes in N. Philly

* Lehigh Avenue near 22nd St.

For police who went to a North Philly house to make an arrest in a homicide on Friday, the investigation led to the discovery of dog- fighting and more than 70 stolen bicycles, cops announced Monday.

Homicide detectives who were making an arrest on Lehigh Avenue near 22nd Street on Friday afternoon stumbled upon evidence of dog-fighting, police said, so they called the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The PSPCA then served a search warrant at the property and rescued 11 dogs, some of which were scarred from fighting, and recovered equipment police said is used to breed and train fighting dogs, according to police.

While they were serving the warrant, humane-law-enforcement officers found about 75 bicycles that appeared to be stolen in the basement of the house. Police said Monday that those bikes, some of which they described as "high-end," were recovered by officers from the Major Crimes Unit.

The bikes will be on display for owners to claim at Whitaker Avenue and Macalester Street, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and police said owners should bring any documents they have to prove ownership and a complaint number from any police report filed about theft of the bikes.

Major Crimes Unit investigators also made a list with serial numbers, makes, models and colors of the recovered bicycles and are comparing it with bike-theft reports to track down owners.

Narcotics cop shoots man, 26

* Edmund Street near Levick

A dark-gray Toyota Corolla sat on a small Tacony street Monday night, circled by shards of blue glass from its shot-out driver's window. The debris marked the scene where a cop shot and critically wounded a man who police say struck two police vehicles while trying to flee them.

Police said that undercover narcotics officers were involved in an investigation and tried to stop the Corolla, driven by a 26-year-old man, shortly after 6 p.m. Police said that the suspect then attempted to flee by backing the car into a police vehicle before accelerating toward another police vehicle in front of it and striking that car, prompting a plainclothes officer to open fire, shooting once through the driver's window and hitting the suspect in the left side of his torso.

The suspect was taken to Aria Healths Torresdale hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The officer who discharged his weapon was taken to the Internal Affairs Division, police said, as is protocol with police-involved shootings. This incident marked the fourth time since Thursday morning that police discharged their weapons at a suspect.

Neighbors peered past yellow crime-scene tape that cordoned off the end of the block later Monday night as police held the scene.

"It's a pretty nice neighborhood," said one man who declined to give his name. "We're shocked."

- Morgan Zalot, Phillip Lucas

and staff reports

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