Cops probe savage East Torresdale home invasion

Posted: March 10, 2014

IF LYNNE Connolly knows anything about the street she's lived on for 30 years, it's that it's a safe place.

So she was "unnerved" when she heard that a pair of teenagers allegedly stabbed and robbed a 54-year-old man suffering from cancer late Wednesday in his home inside the Carol Manor apartments, at the end of her block on Walker Street near Pearson Avenue in East Torresdale.

"It's terrible what those parasites did," she said. "I hope he pulls through."

Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the scene, said the man, who relies on a voice box to speak due to a tracheotomy, told police that the teens followed him home, forced their way into his apartment and stabbed him in the chest with his own steak knife. The punks then ran off with the man's iPad and prescription painkillers.

One of the victim's neighbors said the apartment building where the alleged home-invasion happened usually has tight security.

"You can't get in unless you know somebody," Ed, who declined to give his last name, said at the entrance of Carol Manor yesterday.

Both entrances to the complex lock automatically, and guests have to be buzzed in by someone from inside.

Ed said he lives on the floor below the victim, whom he identified only as Ron, and was the one who let emergency medical personnel into the building Wednesday night.

"I opened the door, they ran in, and that's all I know," he said. "I'm from Kensington. I know not to get involved in this stuff."

Police last night said the victim was released from Aria Health's Torresdale hospital a few hours after the attack, and is recovering. Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman, said that no arrests had been made.

Investigators are leaning toward robbery as a motive, O'Brien said. The robbers are described as two black males between the ages of 14 and 15, based on information from the victim.

Tipsters should call 215-686-8477.

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