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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
March 6, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahmanand Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
It's a parent's nightmare. And four Temple University students lived it Monday night, when three armed men forced their way inside an off-campus apartment in North Philadelphia, bound the women in duct tape, and fled with computer equipment, cellphones, credit cards, and cash. The students were not physically hurt. But the incident revived fears of dangers that lurk near the city's campuses, and offered an unsettling echo of incidents in which armed men invaded students' apartments near Temple and Drexel University.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
This story has been updated. A 27-year-old man and his friend were each held on $1 million bail Monday in the brutal Sunday morning home-invasion robbery of the man's 94-year-old grandmother in Mayfair. Gregory Drobish and his alleged accomplice in the home-invasion, 31-year-old Christopher Brunkel, are both facing a slew of charges including aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy, burglary, reckless endangerment and related offenses. A 27-year-old man and his friend were each held on $1 million bail Monday in the brutal Sunday morning home-invasion robbery of the man's 94-year-old grandmother in Mayfair.
NEWS
March 2, 2013
Burlington Township police continued Friday to investigate a home invasion in which an 81-year-old man was bound to a chair and robbed. The victim told police the robber rang the doorbell of his Faulkner Court condo about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. When the resident opened the door, the gun-toting robber tied him up, police said. The victim, who was not injured, managed to free himself and call police about 8. Authorities say they believe the man was targeted because he deals in precious metals.
NEWS
March 1, 2013
A 29-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot Thursday night during a home invasion in the city's Frankford section, police said. About 8:17, the man was shot once in the left side of his chest inside a residence in the 1700 block of Brill Street, police said. He was taken by private automobile to Aria Health-Frankford Campus. Three suspects were later arrested in the 6000 block of Charles Street in Wissinoming. - Robert Moran
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the surface, Joseph Canazaro appeared to be living a comfortable life. The 48-year-old father was renting a 4,000-square-foot house on 10 acres in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, where he lived with his girlfriend and his sons, ages 12 and 15. The property has an in-ground pool, a barn, and a basketball court. He was co-owner of Finn McCool's Tavern in Ambler, and had owned a variety of other businesses and properties, including contracting companies and land that housed an auto garage in Lansdale.
NEWS
January 23, 2013
Iran tops list of Mideast dangers As Trudy Rubin observes, the Middle East from end to end is awash in inhumanity and potential threats to American security ("Juggling act," Sunday). Conspicuously absent from her column and lengthy list of dangers was Israel. Rubin provides telling evidence repudiating the misguided theory that Israel's conflict is somehow a primary cause of global instability. To the contrary, the Arab world's refusal to find new and permanent homes for the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel 65 years ago is but one more excuse for war in a region wracked by brutality.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IT WAS common for Pablo Valdez to open his door to people, whether it was for a neighbor seeking advice or a relative who needed assistance. That's the way a 30-year-old stepson remembered Valdez on Sunday, two days after the 56-year-old Cuban immigrant was gunned down in his Feltonville home during a home invasion. "Out of the whole family, he was the oldest man. His sisters and everybody used to look to him" for counsel, recalled the stepson, who declined to give his name for fear of retaliation because no arrests had been made in Valdez's slaying.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph Canazaro, who was killed Friday by two armed robbers inside his home in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, had a deeply troubled and complex financial history, and was about $10 million in debt when he filed for bankruptcy in 2008, according to court documents. He owed money to banks and the government, and he owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to several casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Biloxi, Miss., records show. Two check-cashing agencies also alleged that he cashed faulty checks worth a total of $210,000, a matter eventually settled in Bankruptcy Court.
NEWS
January 21, 2013
With no arrests in the case of a Bucks County home invasion that left a man dead, police are asking for residents' help. On Friday, Joseph Canazaro was killed and his girlfriend and 12-year-old son were tied up and held at gunpoint in the basement of Canazaro's Hilltown home. The robbers took several guns from Canazaro's collection and fled in his pickup truck before abandoning it at the Quakertown Shopping Center. Authorities are examining surveillance tapes from stores near where Canazaro's truck was found and are asking the public for information about any suspicious activity early Friday morning near Canazaro's home on the 300 block of Swartley Road, or later at the shopping center.
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