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April 19, 2013
Philadelphia police were trying Wednesday to identify a man suspected of attempting to rape a 63-year-old woman in her Rhawnhurst home last week. Capt. John Darby, commander of the Special Victims Unit, described the man as a Latino in his mid-20s, 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 140 to 150 pounds, with a thin goatee and a bushy ponytail. Shortly after midnight last Thursday in the 7900 block of Loretto Avenue, the woman was changing for bed when she was assaulted by a man who had climbed into the house through a window, Darby said.
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August 3, 2004 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police yesterday were looking for a man who sexually assaulted a 60-year-old West Philadelphia woman in her home early Sunday, then made off with a tote bag that held her Bible and other personal items. The attack occurred about 2 a.m. after the woman had stepped out of her home in the city's Powelton section to cool off, according to Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit. The woman, who lives alone, was in front of her rowhouse when she noticed a man in his early 50s coming up the street, Darby said.
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September 21, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
Police have arrested a woman who allegedly handed over her baby boy to a stranger on the streets of North Philadelphia this weekend then walked away. Sharon Rivera, 24, was seen on Lawrence Street near Indiana Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Friday, possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Special Victims Unit Capt. John Darby said. Rivera had her 2-month-old son, who was not properly clothed, with her at the time, Darby said. When a woman approached Rivera to ask if she wanted to come inside her house and get herself together, Rivera allegedly handed the stranger her baby and walked away.
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March 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested two youths, ages 16 and 14, in the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Port Richmond who had been on her way home after a workout. The woman was walking home from a gym on Aramingo Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by the two teens, said Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit. They struck up a conversation with her that quickly turned threatening, Darby said, and then grabbed at her. The woman tried to flee, Darby said, and the boys pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
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October 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man has been charged in the gunpoint rape of a Temple University student last month just south of the school's campus. Shakree Bennett, 23, faces charges of rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and related offenses. Police say that on Sept. 28 around 11:15 p.m., he approached a 20-year-old woman on the 1400 block of Carlisle Street from behind and hit her on the arm with a handgun. Then, police said, Bennett told her not to scream, pushed her toward a nearby construction area, where he rummaged through her backpack.
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February 13, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man was arrested Wednesday in the attempted rape of a woman in SEPTA's Jefferson Station on Monday afternoon. Police say Reginald Green, 26, attacked the 27-year-old woman, whom he had met about a half-hour before the 1 p.m. assault in the station, formerly Market East. He was charged with attempted rape, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, robbery, and related offenses. The woman, who police say is not from the area and did not know Green, met him near the station at 10th and Filbert Streets.
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January 29, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Monday identified a third "person of interest" in the kidnapping of a 5-year-old girl from her school this month: a teenager who came into contact with the girl in the hours after her abduction. Also, a new principal has been assigned to Bryant School in West Philadelphia, where the girl was taken from a classroom the morning of Jan. 14 by a woman who posed as her mother. The announcement was made to about 80 parents and community members attending a special meeting Monday night at the school to discuss new security measures implemented following the abduction.
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January 29, 2013 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police on Monday identified a third "person of interest" in the kidnapping of a 5-year-old girl from her school this month: a teenager who came into contact with the girl in the hours after her abduction. Also, a new principal has been assigned to Bryant School in West Philadelphia, where the girl was taken from a classroom the morning of Jan. 14 by a woman who posed as her mother. The announcement was made to about 80 parents and community members attending a special meeting Monday night at the school to discuss new security measures implemented following the abduction.
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January 29, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE MAN CHARGED with killing Melissa Ketunuti, a doctor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, exposed himself while driving on Interstate 95 last year and is a possible suspect in other crimes, according to court documents and police. Jason T. Smith, 36, has little on his criminal record to indicate he was capable of the violence he's alleged to have committed Jan. 21 in Ketunuti's Center City home. He has a driving-under-the-influence arrest from 2004, several minor traffic violations and a charge last March in Bensalem Township for obscene language or gestures.
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October 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man has been charged in the gunpoint rape of a Temple University student last month just south of the school's campus. Shakree Bennett, 23, faces charges of rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and related offenses. Police say that on Sept. 28 around 11:15 p.m., he approached a 20-year-old woman on the 1400 block of Carlisle Street from behind and hit her on the arm with a handgun. Then, police said, Bennett told her not to scream, pushed her toward a nearby construction area, where he rummaged through her backpack.
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October 4, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
SPECIAL VICTIMS Unit investigators released surveillance footage yesterday of a suspect in the sexual assault and robbery of a Temple University student who was on her way home from the school's library Monday night. In the eerie footage, which police said was taken from a SEPTA subway car after the assault, the suspect is seen smiling to himself and appears to be on the verge of laughter as he gets off the train. Meanwhile, the young woman whose life was forever altered was left cowering at the construction dumpster where she was sexually assaulted, trying to pick up what pieces of herself - and her life - he didn't take.
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August 1, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for an intruder who allegedly carried a 5-year-old North Philadelphia girl from her home Monday or early Tuesday and physically assaulted her, resulting in serious injury. The girl's mother noticed when she awoke about 7 a.m. Tuesday that her daughter was not in the house, on the 2600 block of North Hutchinson Street. The mother found the girl, semiconscious, in the backyard, police said. The girl suffered a facial fracture and possible internal injuries, said Capt.
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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 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
Over the last two months, within blocks of each other in South Philadelphia and Point Breeze, two women were attacked during home invasions - incidents that police now believe may have been committed by the same man. In both attacks, the women were confronted in their homes in the early hours of the morning by a stranger who had been wearing red gloves, police said Tuesday. Police said the man demanded money, and then demanded sex. In the first attack, the woman was choked. In the second, the victim was sexually assaulted in her bed. "He's a dangerous offender, and he's capable of anything," Capt.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested two youths, ages 16 and 14, in the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Port Richmond who had been on her way home after a workout. The woman was walking home from a gym on Aramingo Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by the two teens, said Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit. They struck up a conversation with her that quickly turned threatening, Darby said, and then grabbed at her. The woman tried to flee, Darby said, and the boys pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IT WASN'T A PLACE anyone would want to linger: the dark, secluded train tracks way past the public platform, where you might encounter an oncoming train, rats or worse. The woman who found herself there Monday afternoon definitely encountered worse: a repeat offender with mayhem on his mind. But not long after the punk beat and sexually assaulted the woman at Jefferson Station in Center City, SEPTA police had a suspect in mind - and by Tuesday night, they had him behind bars.
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February 13, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man was arrested Wednesday in the attempted rape of a woman in SEPTA's Jefferson Station on Monday afternoon. Police say Reginald Green, 26, attacked the 27-year-old woman, whom he had met about a half-hour before the 1 p.m. assault in the station, formerly Market East. He was charged with attempted rape, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, robbery, and related offenses. The woman, who police say is not from the area and did not know Green, met him near the station at 10th and Filbert Streets.
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June 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THREE DAYS after a rapist attacked a young doctor in her Rittenhouse Square apartment, police have charged a kitchen worker from South Philadelphia in the "crime of opportunity" assault. Milton Mateo Garcia, 28, of 8th Street near Moore, chose his victim, 26, because she was walking alone about 1:15 a.m. Saturday from Ladder 15 tavern, on Sansom Street near 15th, to her apartment on Spruce Street near 19th, police said. Investigators believe Garcia was the pervert whom another woman, 27, told police she'd seen at 12:30 a.m. at 16th and Pine walking alongside his bike while holding his exposed penis.
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