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June 22, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City police are searching for three masked bandits who made off with $25,000 and several laptop computers in a Monday night home invasion. The three armed men were waiting when a man and his sister-in-law returned home from work about 11 p.m. in Southwest Philadelphia. A 15-year-old boy who lived in the house on the 800 block of S. 58th Street had already been tied up with speaker wire, police said. At gunpoint, one of the masked bandits forced the man to open a hidden safe that contained $25,000.
NEWS
January 13, 2013
Southwest Division detectives are looking for two armed men they say tied up and robbed a 16-year-old boy in a home invasion Friday afternoon in West Philadelphia. According to investigators, the two men entered the apartment in the 200 block of South 48th Street just after 3:30 p.m. The suspects reportedly pistol-whipped the teenager, who was home alone at the time, striking him in the back of the head. Police said the robbers tied up their victim with a belt and telephone cord and took about $2,000 and jewelry from the house before fleeing.
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September 26, 2012
A Chester County lawyer was shot early Monday evening during a home invasion and robbery in which he was targeted, Pennsylvania state police said. Fred P. Barakat, 63, was attacked by three men - two wearing masks - about 6:20 at his home in the 300 block of Hillendale Road in Pennsbury Township, said Trooper Corey Monthei. He was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. Barakat is a bankruptcy lawyer with offices in Chester County and Delaware.
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September 26, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Gloucester Township man told police he was held hostage during a home invasion Wednesday morning, causing a lockdown of nearby schools and a police K9 search for a suspects. Police responded about 10:55 a.m. to a home along York Terrace after a neighbor called 911 to report suspicious activity at the home. Police found two people inside and took them into custody. No weapons or drugs were found, but police said the incident was possibly drug-related. The man who said he was taken hostage was not injured, nor were the two suspects, police said.
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September 10, 2009 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Jonelle Tomosky thought she was going to die. Early yesterday morning, she said, a 16-year-old boy climbed into her parents' Drexel Hill home through the bay window and stood over her with a revolver in his hand. He told her to lie on her stomach. Tomosky, 23, who is seven months pregnant, got on top of her 5-year-old daughter, hoping that her body would stop the bullet. "I thought there was a good chance he was going to kill me," she said. The teenage gunman, identified by Upper Darby police as Nasir Cameron, didn't pull the trigger.
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April 3, 2011 | INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
A Gloucester Township man returned home late Saturday to find men holding a family member at gunpoint, police said today. The family was then tied up as the father was ordered to turn over money and jewelry. The suspects - there were four or five - were wearing ski masks, dark clothing and gloves. They ran from the Gray Pebble Circle home, in the Cobblestone Farms section of the township, and were being sought. No one was injured, police said.  
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October 21, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police are searching for two armed men who broke into an apartment on the 700 block of E. Allegheny Avenue in Kensington early Saturday morning. Once inside, the intruders beat a 35-year-old woman with a handgun and shot a 41-year-old male in the left shoulder, according to police. Both victims were transported to Temple University Hospital where police reported them in stable condition. The men allegedly stole $8,000 from the apartment and escaped before police arrived. No arrests have been made at this time.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
Four Temple University students were duct-taped and robbed by home invaders Monday night at an off-campus apartment, police said. About 7:30 p.m., three men followed a student to her second-floor apartment in the 1800 block of North 18th Street, police said. The men forced her inside and bound her and three other women before taking computer equipment, mobile phones, cash, and credit cards, police said. Two of the men were armed with guns. The victims were not injured. - Robert Moran
NEWS
February 26, 2010 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Pottstown man was charged yesterday in connection with a violent home invasion in Chester County that went unsolved for more than a year, authorities said. John Douglas Bitting, 27, was arrested after a DNA match from a black ski mask left at the East Coventry Township home, police said. The charges include attempted homicide and aggravated assault. According to the criminal complaint, Bitting and another man wore hooded masks when they removed an air conditioner to enter the home about 4 a.m. Sept.
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August 14, 2000 | by Ericka Bennett, Daily News Staff Writer
One man was shot to death and two men were beaten yesterday during a home invasion in West Philadelphia, police said. St. Clair Gossett, 20, of Hobart Street near Vine, was shot down by three gunmen who forced their way into the rowhouse about 3 a.m. Sunday. Gossett was away when the incident started, but the invaders forced his two visitors, who weren't identified, into the basement, tied them up with duct tape and beat them, police said. Then they waited for Gossett to return.
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