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March 18, 2015
QUINCEANERAS are a big deal. Participants wear Cinderella gowns and tiaras, and often participate in a Catholic Mass during which they are presented with Bibles, jewelry and other symbols of adulthood. As a preteen, Amber Andujar of Camden looked forward to this Hispanic coming-of-age ceremony with a sweet naivete. But that was before tragedy struck and her innocence was snatched away during a brutal home invasion. It happened on her birthday back on Sept. 2, 2012. Amber, then 12, and her three siblings were home alone when a knife-wielding intruder broke into their home on Ware Street and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ali Marsh was found guilty last October in a bloody 2012 home invasion that killed a Strawberry Mansion man, seriously wounded his wife, and traumatized their two young sons. But when it came to sentencing Friday, Marsh did not want to invade anyplace, least of all Courtroom 1101 at the Criminal Justice Center. So, after telling court staff that "if you want me, you'll have to drag me out," he was sentenced in absentia by Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart to life without parole plus 56 to 112 years.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Joseph Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Medford Township police are seeking help in finding two intruders who beat and bound a 64-year-old man during a home-invasion robbery over the weekend. The pair apparently arrived on bicycles and abandoned them, fleeing in the victim's 2010 Cadillac and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The break-in occurred about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the home on Chief Massasoit Road, police said. The intruders duct-taped the resident to a chair and hit him with "a pipe or similar object," while demanding money, police said in a statement.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A 21-YEAR-OLD Drexel University student told police that a stranger broke into her West Philadelphia apartment on Wednesday morning and raped her while threatening her with a meat cleaver from her kitchen. The woman reported that she heard a noise at 4:15 a.m. and got up to investigate, according to a Special Victims Unit bulletin posted by police yesterday. She encountered the man in the living room of her home on Spring Garden Street near 34th, police said. The man sexually assaulted her and then fled.
NEWS
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?"
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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