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May 21, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Murder charges were filed Monday against three suspects in a West Pottsgrove home-invasion case earlier this month, when Kareem Ali Borowy, 19, was removed from his home and shot to death. Andre Collier, 25, Rasheed Teel, 21, and Charles Freeman, 31, are being charged in the crime, according to a news release from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Collier has not been apprehended. The release says he should be considered armed and dangerous. A fourth suspect has not yet been identified, the release said.
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September 19, 2012
Man sought in home invasion, rape * Dewey Street near Arch Police released a composite sketch Tuesday of a man wanted in connection with a gunpoint home-invasion robbery and rape in West Philadelphia on Sept. 12. About 1:05 p.m., a man broke into a 32-year-old woman's house, pulled a gun on her and demanded money, police said. The burglar physically and sexually assaulted the woman before he fled. He was described as a thin black man in his early to mid-30s, about 5 feet 11 and between 170 and 190 pounds.
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September 14, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer
HOME INVASIONS are so "insidious and evil" - "carried out by the worst kind of criminals" - that they deserve to be categorized as a separate offense in the Pennsylvania crime code, says state Sen. Michael Stack, D-Northeast Philadelphia. Now, thugs who commit home invasions are charged with burglary, and with any other crimes committed in the home, such as robbery, rape or assault. Stack, speaking Wednesday after a public hearing on a bill he sponsored, said he proposed the bill after hearing from Asian residents, who have been particularly affected by home invasions, and other victims, specifically the elderly and the disabled.
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August 15, 1998 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
Ralph Rosado, 64, and his wife Susanna Burgos, 52, had just dozed off early yesterday when they were awakened by three assailants shining flashlights in their faces. Thus began a three-hour nightmare during which Rosado was interrogated and hit repeatedly in the left ear with a gun. Last night, police charged the victims' next-door neighbor, Santo Torres, 30, of Marshall Street near Rising Sun Avenue, with burglary, aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal trespass, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.
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April 16, 2012
WATSONTOWN, Pa. - Authorities say a woman was shot and killed after her husband struggled with an intruder in their central Pennsylvania home. State Police in Northumberland County say an unknown person entered the Turbot Township home about 1 a.m. Saturday. They say the man awoke and grabbed a handgun but was struck in the head with a blunt instrument. He was later treated at Lewisburg's Evangelical Community Hospital and released. Police say Patricia Thomas, 64, was struck by a gunshot and pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.
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January 18, 2001 | by April Adamson and Dana DiFilippo, Daily News Staff Writers
A 45-year-old father of seven who tried to make his neighborhood a better place to live was gunned down over a meager pile of dollars he and his friends had on the table at their nightly dominoes game, police and relatives said. Robbery was the motive for the home-invasion slaying Tuesday night in which Pedro Ramos, a well-respected West Kensington landlord, was killed, police said. He possibly was trying to shield an elderly woman from the wrath of two masked robbers who burst into the house.
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June 12, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A MAN WAS slain after a shootout prompted by a report of a home invasion at his Hunting Park home, according to police. Philadelphia police said the 47-year-old man was shot to death on the 3900 block of North Ninth Street just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The man had been alerted to a home invasion at his house a block away, on the 3900 block of Darien Street, shortly before the deadly altercation, police said Friday. He then engaged in a shootout on Ninth with one of the men suspected of committing that crime, authorities said.
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January 24, 2012
A Philadelphia man has been convicted of taking part in a home-invasion ring that committed robberies in four states, federal prosecutors said Monday. After a four-day trial, a federal jury on Friday found Tahn Le, 44, guilty of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce through home-invasion robberies and related firearms violations. Six codefendants had pleaded guilty to roles in the conspiracy. Le and his codefendants targeted successful Asian business owners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia because they believed the victims brought home and stored large amounts of cash from their businesses, prosecutors said.
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September 17, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden man has been sentenced to life without parole for fatally shooting a woman during a robbery in 2011 and then breaking into a nearby home and sexually assaulting a woman there, authorities said Thursday. Steven Alicea, 23, was convicted in June of murder, aggravated sexual assault, and armed robbery. John Gonzalez, 20, who was sentenced in April to 41 years in prison, acted with Alicea, authorities said. Alicea and Gonzalez were carrying .22-caliber revolvers when they fatally shot Lori Breiding, 38, and took her purse in the 2600 block of Cramer Street on Sept.
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September 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man was arrested and charged in a pair of armed robberies in the city's Rhawnhurst section Wednesday night - one of which involved a home invasion and the pistol whipping of a 53-year-old man, police said Thursday. Quamir Harper, of the 800 block of Marcella Street in the Summerdale section of Northeast Philly, faces two counts each of aggravated assault, robbery, weapons offenses and related charges, police said. About 11 p.m. Wednesday, Harper allegedly broke into a home on Oakmont Street, near Castor Avenue, where the 53-year-old man and his wife live.
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Philadelphia police are investigating a home invasion and robbery in North Philadelphia in which a woman's car and other items were stolen Saturday morning. The 22-year-old woman told police that shortly before 10 a.m., three men armed with guns kicked in the front door of her home on North 24th Street, near Cumberland, stole her cellphone and purse and then drove away in her blue Pontiac Bonneville. The car was last seen heading south on 24th Street. The woman was not injured. - Julie Shaw
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September 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating an alleged home invasion and sexual assault in Crescentville early Tuesday. A 24-year-old woman told police that about 3:50 a.m., an unknown man forced his way into her home on the 5100 block of Mebus Street, tied up her family and then sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. The man was described as black, about 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-6 and of medium build. He was said to be wearing blue jeans and a black mask, and had a silver handgun. shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
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August 27, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man and woman have been charged in a home invasion in Chester that left a 75-year-old man bound at the hands and feet by cords, and his 49-year-old daughter severely beaten and in critical condition. Erinn Howarth, 25, of Germantown - who is possibly the man's housekeeper - and Richard Johnson, 23, of Juniata Park, were arraigned Thursday morning on charges that include robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and conspiracy. Both were held in the Delaware County prison on $1 million bail each.
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August 19, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
The second of two suspects in a string of armed home invasions targeting Asian business owners across the city surrendered to police early Wednesday. Anthony Campbell, 33, turned himself in at the Sixth District in Center City around 2 a.m., said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Campbell, of the 100 block of North Dewey Street in West Philadelphia, will be charged with multiple counts of robbery, burglary, conspiracy, and related offenses in connection with eight cases between May 8 and Aug. 8. Norman Bowen, 29, of the 5500 block of Addison Street in West Philadelphia, was arrested Friday and charged with the same offenses.
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July 21, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County jury on Tuesday convicted a Philadelphia man in the murder of his ex-girlfriend's father, but acquitted a friend who also was on trial for the September home-invasion. Naadir Abdul-Ali, 21, will serve a mandatory life sentence for his conviction of second-degree murder in the killing of Kevin Brown, of Lower Moreland Township. Co-defendant Desmond Smith, 21, also of Philadelphia, walked smiling from the courtroom after he was acquitted of all charges. During the 11-day trial Smith's attorney presented an alibi defense and video footage from SEPTA's Market-Frankford line, suggesting that Smith was riding the train at the time of the murder.
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July 9, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Cassandra Brock said she was clinging to the ledge of her second-story bedroom window, her feet on a gutter, as she heard someone shoot her husband. Then, she watched as her wounded husband, Kevin Brown, jumped out of the window and fell two stories onto the ground outside their home in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County. "I saw him slip past," she testified Thursday during the second day of the murder trial of Naadir Abdul-Ali, 21, of Philadelphia, accused along with three of his friends - Abdurrahaman Amin, Desmond Smith, and Mujahid Matthews - of the home-invasion slaying of Brown.
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July 8, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
Days after Naadir Abdul-Ali's girlfriend left him, prosecutors said, he told her "if we can't be together someone's got to go. " Hours later, they said, the woman's father was shot to death in his Lower Moreland Township home. Abdul-Ali, 21, of Philadelphia, described as a heavyweight boxer, was an "extremely controlling, paranoid, abusive, and vengeful man," Deputy District Attorney Thomas McGoldrick told a Montgomery County Court jury Wednesday in opening arguments at Abdul-Ali's murder trial.
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