One arrested, two sought in robberies targeting elderly

Keith Perkins was arrested.
Keith Perkins was arrested.
Posted: August 28, 2014

Police had one man in custody Tuesday and were seeking two other suspects accused of robbing elderly victims who were targeted after withdrawing large amounts of money from various banks in the city.

Keith Perkins, 43, of the 1400 block of North 22d Street in North Philadelphia, surrendered to police about 12:25 p.m. Monday and was charged with robbery, theft, simple assault, conspiracy, and related offenses.

Arrest warrants were issued for Joseph Donaldson, 28, of the 100 block of North Paxon Street in West Philadelphia, and Ronald Singleton, 52, of the 5100 block of Hawthorne Street in the city's East Frankford section.

At least eight of 11 cases involved victims who were robbed after they left a bank and were on their way home or had arrived there.

The first robbery occurred in April and the most recent on Aug. 13. The victims were mainly elderly, including a 96-year-old.

As the victims were going home or when they arrived, one of the men allegedly grabbed the money, sometimes punching the victims and knocking them to the ground. In one case, he used pepper spray or Mace, police said.

Four surveillance videos show a suspect driving a silver Chevrolet Malibu, police said.

The victims were targeted at the following banks: PNC Bank at 2200 Cottman Ave., twice; TD Bank, also at 2200 Cottman Ave.; Wells Fargo Bank branches at Frankford and Girard Avenues, 3400 Aramingo Ave., and 6420 Frankford Ave.; Citizens Bank at 6271 Frankford Ave.; and PNC Bank at 6705 Rising Sun Ave.

The surveillance videos showing the suspect and the car are online for public viewing on the Philadelphia Police Department's YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/D9U25PgzTOs.

Anyone with information about Donaldson or Singleton can call 215-686-TIPS or text a tip to PPDTIP (773847).


bmoran@phillynews.com

215-854-5983 @RobertMoran215

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