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December 9, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four South Philadelphia people were terrorized and pistol-whipped during a violent home invasion and robbery early Sunday. None was seriously injured, Philadelphia police said. According to police, a 23-year-old man was upstairs in the house on the 2000 block of Mifflin Street with his girlfriend, also 23, when he heard a knock on the door around 12:45 a.m. He man opened the door, only to be rushed by two men with handguns and wearing ski masks. "Where's the money? Where's the money?"
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October 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO PUNKS terrorized a group of Temple University students Sunday night in a violent home invasion that university officials said was "not a random act. " Last night, an official with Newport Property Group, which manages the building, said the victims believe that the attack was retaliatory, payback for a previous spat between one of them and a neighborhood hoodlum. The official spoke with the Daily News on condition of anonymity. The incident happened at 7:30 p.m. at an apartment on 18th Street near Berks, just a block off campus, when two gunmen forced their way into the home, police said.
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October 22, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police Monday were investigating a North Philadelphia home invasion in which several Temple University students were tied up and robbed at gunpoint. Police said that around 7:30 Sunday night, two men followed a 20-year-old student into his house on the 1900 block of North 18th Street and robbed him and several students inside: a 19-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man, and four 18 year-old women. At least six people were bound with zip ties, police said. The 20-year-old student was pistol-whipped in the head and later was treated for minor injuries at Hahnemann University Hospital.
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October 2, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
ON FRIDAY, Ali Marsh complained so bitterly and persistently that he was being railroaded by the judge and lead prosecutor in his murder trial that he was ejected from the courtroom. Yesterday, a jury - having heard his protests of innocence and evidence pointing to his guilt - found Marsh guilty of first-degree murder and related counts in a brutal home-invasion robbery and slaying in Strawberry Mansion. John Paul Jr., 35, was fatally shot March 5, 2012, after Marsh and an accomplice burst into Paul's home on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 32nd Street.
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October 2, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury found Ali Marsh guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday for his role in the bloody 2012 home invasion that killed a Strawberry Mansion man, seriously wounded his wife, and traumatized their two young sons. Marsh - who was removed from the courtroom Friday after he testified in his own defense, and accused prosecutors of "railroading" him and the judge of bias - had no visible reaction as the Common Pleas Court jury returned its verdict after about six hours of deliberations since Monday.
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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 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Career criminal Kevin Green last week got a prison sentence that should keep him behind bars the rest of his life. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich on Friday gave the 57-year-old a sentence of 55 to 110 years for a violent North Philadelphia home invasion last year that briefly netted Green and an accomplice $7,713. Green was convicted on July 10 of terrorizing Jose Torres, his wife, Elizabeth Varela, and her autistic son, Joshua, 12, in their home on the 3500 block of North Fifth Street.
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August 3, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a would-be robber who police say put a gun to the officer's head as he responded to a burglary alarm at a Northeast Philadelphia home, thwarting a home invasion. The alarm went off around 12:45 a.m. at the house on the 900 block of Wakeling Street in the Northwood section, police said. A man answered the door when the officer arrived and assured him everything was fine, police said. But when the officer asked him for identification to prove that he lived in the house, the man instead brought a woman to the door, police said.
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July 12, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Teens who commit crimes often age out of such conduct by their mid-30s, criminologists say. Apparently, no one told Kevin Green. Green's adult criminal career began at age 18 in 1975. By the late 1980s, he was in one of the city's most feared drug gangs, and was involved in a shooting war with the more-feared "Junior Black Mafia. " Green was 36 when he escaped a life sentence for murder - he got seven to 15 years - in the notorious 1989 shooting of Donald Branch, a Cheltenham computer software expert dining at Tobin's Inn in West Oak Lane.
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July 10, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
One man was killed and two were seriously injured in a Bristol Township shooting early Tuesday, casting a pall over a crime-scarred Bucks County neighborhood where at least three homicides have occurred in the last decade. No suspects were identified and no weapons recovered, and, with authorities releasing only limited information, dozens of residents gathered near the roped-off home on the 900 block of Winder Drive searching for answers about a crime police described as a home invasion.
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