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July 17, 1998 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate judge set stringent bail conditions yesterday for a SEPTA police officer charged by New York authorities in a hostage-taking robbery allegedly orchestrated by Russian mobsters. Authorities allege that furs, jewelry and Rolex watches were taken during a home break-in in Brooklyn on May 13 and that the victims were later forced to pay an additional $40,000 in cash. The victims, identified only as the owners of a New York business, were gagged, handcuffed and had their faces covered with ski caps by two men who entered their home posing as police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
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March 26, 1998 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Federal authorities yesterday announced the arrests of five members of a violence-prone gang accused of stealing more than $1 million in coins, jewelry and collectables from suburban and New Jersey antique dealers. The suspects allegedly conducted a four-month rampage last year, robbing five dealers at gunpoint inside their homes or businesses. They also used Mace and handcuffs to subdue their prey before taking the valuables. The gang also planned but later aborted three other heists at a Flourtown jewelry store, a Drexel Hill flea market and a Yardley Hummel dealer, said U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles.
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October 23, 1992 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A teenager who said he was induced into crime by a former Philadelphia police officer - his girlfriend - was convicted yesterday in Common Pleas Court of first-degree murder in the 1991 slaying of a Northern Liberties man during a robbery. Donnell Drinks, 18, testified in his defense that the robbery on Feb. 14, 1991, had been Terri Joell Harper's idea. When plans went awry, Drinks said, Harper fatally stabbed Darryl Huntley, 29, and wounded Huntley's girlfriend. The jury, which found Drinks guilty on all charges, including robbery, burglary and aggravated assault, will deliberate today on whether to sentence him to life in prison or the death penalty.
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March 22, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
NATE FULLER'S nightly walks with Bianca, his bichon, will never be the same. He's used to passing neighbors out with their own pooches. They talk, catch up, learn about each other. A constant dog-walking companion was James Stuhlman, who lived a block away, on Woodcrest Avenue near 66th Street in Overbrook. Whenever the two met, the conversation would inevitably turn to landscaping, Stuhlman's trade, or "just life in general" as Bianca sniffed Molly, Stuhlman's labardoodle. It wasn't uncommon for Fuller to lose track of time, to stretch those "quick chats" into hour-and-a-half talks.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The day began with a robbery, and ended with a multicounty chase. The Medford News Shop on Stokes Road was the starting point. A man wearing a heavy brown coat and black pants barged into the Medford store around 9:05 a.m. Thursday, showing a handgun and demanding money. Once he had driven off, township police notified other agencies about his gold pickup. A few hours later, according to several people involved in the investigation, the suspect was found in Camden. Then came a pursuit that carved through Camden and Burlington Counties, and brought out multiple agencies - and a state police helicopter - before it ended around 1:30 p.m. in Wharton State Forest, where the suspect was caught after bailing from his vehicle, police said.
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January 30, 1997 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Rescuers tend to the victim of a car crash yesterday on Belmont Avenue under the Schuylkill Expressway in Lower Merion after the car collided with a suspected bank-robbery getaway vehicle. Two armed men robbed the Roxborough-Manayunk Federal Savings Bank, Ridge and Lyceum avenues. Police chased them and the three were caught at the site.
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March 28, 1990 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
Police officers hold Randolph Givens outside a bank at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, where a man grabbed some cash out of a depositor's hand yesterday afternoon and ran away. Police said cops arrested Givens, 30, of Diamond Street near 23rd, at 15th and Chestnut streets, a few minutes after the incident, and charged him with the robbery.
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May 15, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FOR TWO YEARS, a 16-member "serial-robbery gang" based in Philly carried out a string of home invasions, including an elaborate heist in which members posed as police and wig-clad victims. Yesterday, law-enforcement officials announced the arrests of 12 suspected members, ending what authorities called an "audacious crime spree. " Four of the defendants were arrested yesterday morning, said Louis Lappen, first assistant U.S. attorney. The gang's alleged ringleader, Khalil "Lil" Smith, was already in custody from a prior robbery.
NEWS
January 11, 1987 | By Theresa Sullivan Barger, Special to The Inquirer
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Philadelphia man in connection with the armed robbery Dec. 29 of a McDonald's restaurant at 1663 Old York Rd. in Abington. Bernard Fenderson, 26, of the 6100 block of Ogontz Avenue, who was in the Philadelphia Detention Center on unrelated charges, was expected to have been charged Jan. 9 with robbery, theft, conspiracy, terroristic threats and weapons violations in connection with the holdup. Last month, two armed men approached McDonald's employees after the restaurant was closed; one of them ordered the employees to lie on the floor, and the other took an undetermined amount of cash from the rear of the restaurant, police said.
NEWS
August 31, 2010
A 27-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot in the back during a robbery in the city's Olney section, police said. The shooting occurred about 12:45 p.m. in the 5100 block of Arbor Street, police said. The assailant fled on a bicycle. The victim was reported in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
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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.
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May 15, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FOR TWO YEARS, a 16-member "serial-robbery gang" based in Philly carried out a string of home invasions, including an elaborate heist in which members posed as police and wig-clad victims. Yesterday, law-enforcement officials announced the arrests of 12 suspected members, ending what authorities called an "audacious crime spree. " Four of the defendants were arrested yesterday morning, said Louis Lappen, first assistant U.S. attorney. The gang's alleged ringleader, Khalil "Lil" Smith, was already in custody from a prior robbery.
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May 14, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
TWO WOMEN accused of helping a pimp kill and then dismember a Northeast Philadelphia man in 2013 after their scheme to rob him went awry pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery and conspiracy and avoided murder convictions. Stephanie Foulke, 23, and Angel Weston, 22, were each immediately sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, plus 2 1/2 years' probation for their crimes, according to court records. Murder and abuse-of-corpse charges against both women were dropped. Foulke and Weston were arrested in 2013 along with Keith Tolbert, 35, in connection with the Aug. 26, 2013, murder of Francis Zarzycki, 40, during the botched robbery.
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April 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a deliveryman in Crescentville last week. Sahmir Walker, 14, and Tyquail Duffy, 15, both of the 500 block of Hillcreek Circle, were arrested over the weekend, police said Monday. Walker was charged as an adult with murder and related offenses. Duffy was charged as an adult with aggravated assault and related offenses for intimidating a witness close to the case, a law enforcement source said.
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April 22, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE yesterday sentenced a Frankford man to a total of five to 10 years in state prison for robbing another man he met through Grindr, a dating app for gay men, and for violating the judge's probation in two other cases. Common Pleas Judge Roxanne Covington told Douglass Casey: "You've done this three times. What concerns me most is this is a pattern of behavior that each time has escalated. " Casey, 27, was arrested in June and charged with a slew of offenses - including sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, kidnapping and robbery - in relation to an April 9, 2014, encounter he had with a Canadian man, then 34. The two met through Grindr and agreed for Casey to go to the other man's room at the Center City Hilton Home2 Suites hotel, near 12th and Arch streets.
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March 29, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TRACEY KNIGHT was in her living room on Media Street in West Philly late Thursday when she heard five gunshots ring out. She peered out of her window and saw chaos. One man was sprinting up Media Street, running so fast his boot fell off. She saw him toss a gun - "it was big and silver" - as he fled. Across from her porch, at the corner of Conestoga Street and Media, she saw three more men. Two were lying face down on the pavement. One was standing, holding a gun. "They tried to rob me," he screamed.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 15-year-old boy who police say pulled the trigger in the killing of an Overbrook man turned himself in early Friday, accompanied by his father. Tyfine Hamilton has been charged with murder, robbery, and related offenses in the botched robbery that killed Jim Stuhlman, 51, while walking his dog last week on the 6400 block of Woodcrest Avenue. Brandon Smith, 15, and a third boy, 14, who was with them were arrested this week. Smith will be charged with murder; the 14-year-old faces lesser charges.
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March 22, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
NATE FULLER'S nightly walks with Bianca, his bichon, will never be the same. He's used to passing neighbors out with their own pooches. They talk, catch up, learn about each other. A constant dog-walking companion was James Stuhlman, who lived a block away, on Woodcrest Avenue near 66th Street in Overbrook. Whenever the two met, the conversation would inevitably turn to landscaping, Stuhlman's trade, or "just life in general" as Bianca sniffed Molly, Stuhlman's labardoodle. It wasn't uncommon for Fuller to lose track of time, to stretch those "quick chats" into hour-and-a-half talks.
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March 9, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, STEPHANIE FARR & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
YESTERDAY, THE CITY tried to make sense of a senseless act, to find answers among chaos. Why would a former high-school basketball ace throw away a promising career for petty robbery? What cruel fate led to a greedy bandit running into police officers during two unrelated robberies years apart? And, most of all, why did Officer Robert Wilson III, a dedicated public servant and caring family man, have to die while buying a gift for his son? "I think he redefined what a hero is all about," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said of Wilson.
NEWS
March 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man was arrested Wednesday night in Bucks County and charged with robbing 11 businesses in Philadelphia and Bensalem, according to police. Glenn Brennan, 29, of Northeast Philadelphia, is facing dozens of charges, including robbery, terroristic threats, theft, and simple assault, court records show. Bensalem police said an undercover officer noticed Brennan acting suspiciously around a business in Bensalem about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers approached and found him with a pellet gun, police said.
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