Man charged in violent robbery at laundromat

Posted: December 01, 2013

PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia police have charged a man with robbing a Pennsport coin laundry and assaulting a worker with a hammer. A second person is still at large.

About 10 a.m. Wednesday, police said, two men entered the Kin Laundromat on the 1800 block of East Moyamensing Avenue.

They approached a 58-year-old worker and one said, "Give me the money." One hit the worker over the head with what the victim believed to be a hammer, police said.

The second man took about $700 from a filing cabinet before fleeing.

The injured worker was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was treated for cuts to his head, police said.

Later Wednesday, officers reviewing security footage from the laundry recognized one of the men involved in the robbery.

About two hours after the attack, police arrested Zafiya Stringfield a block away.

Stringfield has been charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and related charges, police said.

Officers are still on the lookout for the second person. They described him as a male wearing a mask, gloves, dark overalls, and a hooded sweatshirt.


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