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June 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for two robbers who accosted two neighbors in Germantown, then let slip that they "got the wrong guy. " The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. on the 5000 block of Erringer Place, police said. A 39-year-old man was entering his home when the two masked men forced him to the ground and demanded money. That's when the man's 35-year-old neighbor left her house - and once the robbers realized that she had seen them, she, too, was forced to the ground and made to give up the keys to her home, police said.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police were searching Thursday for two men they say broke into a Kensington home, shot the homeowner, and fled with the contents of his pockets. Police said the victim, 33, was cleaning his basement on the 1900 block of East Firth Street at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday when a man with a handgun walked up to him and told him, "Don't move. " The victim turned toward the man, who fired a shot that hit him in both legs, police said. "Don't look at me," the gunman said, then ran back up the basement steps.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested a Point Breeze man in attacks on two women in their homes this year. Raheem Felder, 32, faces charges of rape, attempted rape, and burglary in the incidents, in which police say he broke into the women's homes, and sexually assaulted one and attempted to assault the other. Police said Felder was identified by an anonymous tipster who recognized him in a video clip from a television news report on the incidents. He was arrested May 29 on a parole violation, and was still in custody when he was charged June 5 in the home invasions, police said.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Thursday announced a $10,000 reward for information on a man police believe attacked two women in their homes, in Point Breeze and South Philadelphia. And thanks to surveillance footage recovered near the scene of the second attack, investigators have put together a more complete timeline of that incident - one that speaks to the suspect's brazenness, Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit said. The most recent incident took place around 5:30 a.m. Monday on the 1800 block of South Rosewood Street.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FOUR MEN arrested last week as part of an alleged 16-member "serial-robbery gang" pleaded not guilty in federal court yesterday and were ordered to remain in custody pending trial. Attorneys for defendants Levern Jackson, 45, of Philadelphia, and Jamal Doggett, 35, of Willingboro, N.J., argued for their clients to be released to home confinement, but U.S. Magistrate Carol Sandra Moore Wells ordered them held in custody. Meanwhile, attorneys for defendants Mark Woods, 46, and Marcus Bowens, 24, both of Philadelphia, agreed for their clients to be held in custody pending trial.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
More than a dozen Philadelphia men have been charged in a series of home-invasion robberies in Philadelphia and its suburbs over a year and a half. In a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, prosecutors describe an increasingly violent series of crimes. It started with an armed robbery of an Ambler home in which the victims were tied up and ended with the burglarizing of a home in which the victims were forced to strip and were waterboarded, and another burglary in which one of the victims was shot.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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