Cops, feds scour city for 'violent criminal'

Posted: August 08, 2014

WHEN KENNETH Todd was released from prison last month on a 2010 armed-robbery charge, he was supposed to report to his parole officer. He never showed up, and no one ever heard from him.

Until two weeks ago, that is.

Todd, 47, is accused of committing a violent home invasion on July 25, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, which, with police, is scouring the city for him.

"Todd has spent most of his adult life as a violent criminal, and this shows that he's going to continue that," said James Burke, supervisor of the Marshals' Fugitive Task Force. "He's an extreme danger to the public, and we're looking for any information they can give us."

Court records show that Todd has been arrested dozens of times on charges including robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and gun violations. In the most recent case, Todd is accused of breaking into a 46-year-old woman's house on Pine Street near 13th in Center City, police said.

He screamed at his victim, demanding money. When she protested, he threw her to the floor and began to choke her, then repeatedly pummeled her until she was able to scream for help, Burke said.

Todd fled, leaving his victim with major injuries, including bleeding in her brain and numerous cuts on her face and shoulders, Burke said.

It's not clear if Todd deliberately targeted this woman, or if this was just a random entry in his history of violent crime, Burke said.

The U.S. Marshals are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to Todd's arrest. His last known address was on 12th Street near Huntingdon in North Philly, according to police.

"There's no reason to believe he's been rehabilitated," Burke said. "He should absolutely be considered armed and dangerous."

Tipsters should call the U.S. Marshals at 866-865-8477 or the Police Department's Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3252.

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