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March 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 28-year-old West Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged in a violent Valentine's Day home invasion and robbery in Point Breeze, police said Thursday. Law enforcement authorities from the Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI found Tillman Byrd on Wednesday on the 800 block of Moss Street in Mill Creek, and took him into custody without incident, police said. He is one of two men believed to have perpetrated the home invasion-robbery at about 8:20 a.m. Valentine's Day on a home on the 1100 block of South Mole Street, where two women - ages 39 and 68 - lived.
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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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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.
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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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February 24, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Police have released surveillance footage of suspects being sought in a Kensington home invasion in which a man was beaten with a baseball bat, and robbed of money and electronics. Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday, a woman knocked on the door of a home on the 1800 block of Cambria Street and asked to use the phone. The man, 41, let her inside. A few minutes later, two armed men burst into the house, according to police. One of the men beat the victim with a bat, while the other struck him in the head with a handgun.
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May 15, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Three family members were tied up as their house was ransacked by armed assailants during an overnight home invasion in Somerton. The incident happened at about 1 a.m. Friday on the 14000 block of Faraday Street, police said. Authorities said the three family members – a 63-year-old man, a 62-year-old woman and their 37-year-old son – were sleeping when three assailants broke into the residence through a basement patio door and woke them up. The invaders were wearing masks and gloves, and at least one was carrying a gun, police said.
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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.
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