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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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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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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.
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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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December 20, 1990 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Upper Darby Township police detectives have spent the last four days piecing together evidence in the armed robbery that shattered the spirit of Christmas when a gun was fired inside a department store full of shoppers Monday. No arrests have been made in the robbery, which occurred just before 10:30 a.m. at the Woolworth's department store at 69th and Chestnut Streets in Upper Darby. A police spokesman said the number of officers on foot patrol in the shopping area had been increased for the remainder of the shopping season.
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September 17, 1987 | By Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 17-year-old Oxford Circle boy has been charged with the Tuesday morning armed robbery of the Wawa Food Market at Byberry Road and Philmont Avenue. The boy, whose name is being withheld by police, was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen goods, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, violation of the uniform firearms act and possession of an instrument of a crime. The suspect was being detained at the Youth Study Center for a hearing scheduled today in juvenile court, 1801 Vine Street.
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September 10, 2012
A robbery suspect was shot by police Sunday after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers following a brief car chase. The man, identified as Daniel Rubio, 26, of the 300 block of Eleanor Street, was struck in the head by a bullet and was in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center. He was shot after Philadelphia officers responded to a report of a robbery on the 100 block of West Clearfield Street, said police spokesman Lt. Raymond Evers. Rubio was the passenger in a car pursued by police in connection with the robbery.
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September 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Career criminal Kevin Green last week got a prison sentence that should keep him behind bars the rest of his life. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich on Friday gave the 57-year-old a sentence of 55 to 110 years for a violent North Philadelphia home invasion last year that briefly netted Green and an accomplice $7,713. Green was convicted on July 10 of terrorizing Jose Torres, his wife, Elizabeth Varela, and her autistic son, Joshua, 12, in their home on the 3500 block of North Fifth Street.
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September 11, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police announced on Tuesday they are looking for a Cumberland County woman they say was the getaway driver for the Aug. 17 attempted robbery of the Florence Town Liquor Store on Route 130. Rachel Lavalle, 24, of Millville is accused of driving a red Honda Odyssey after two others fled the store with nothing, even after one of them fired a gun in the direction of the cashier, said Florence Capt. Brian Boldizar. "We believe it was an attempt to scare," Boldizar said of the shot fired.
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August 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Bob Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have charged a 25-year-old man with killing two Holmesburg women in their home Saturday, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. James Mears, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder, robbery, and related offenses, he said. He has confessed and is cooperating with police, Clark said. Clark said Mears was a houseguest of Dollie Evans, 67, and had been staying at her home on the 4700 block of Vista Street for three or four months. Ruby Thomas, 59, also lived in the house.
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August 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police had one man in custody Tuesday and were seeking two other suspects accused of robbing elderly victims who were targeted after withdrawing large amounts of money from various banks in the city. Keith Perkins, 43, of the 1400 block of North 22d Street in North Philadelphia, surrendered to police about 12:25 p.m. Monday and was charged with robbery, theft, simple assault, conspiracy, and related offenses. Arrest warrants were issued for Joseph Donaldson, 28, of the 100 block of North Paxon Street in West Philadelphia, and Ronald Singleton, 52, of the 5100 block of Hawthorne Street in the city's East Frankford section.
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August 23, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Detectives are investigating robberies of elderly victims targeted after withdrawing large amounts of money from banks in neighborhoods stretching from Fishtown to Northeast Philadelphia. Eight of 11 cases that police believe are related involved victims who were robbed after they left a bank and were on their way home or had arrived at home and were accosted, authorities said Thursday. The first robbery occurred April 24 and the most recent Aug. 13, police said. The victims were mainly elderly, including a 96-year-old.
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August 1, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 33-year-old man was arrested after police said he choked a woman visiting from New York with twine and wire in a botched robbery attempt Wednesday in West Philadelphia. Andre Taylor, who lives at a halfway house in East Falls, also was implicated in a similar choking attack on another woman Sunday, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. About 12:40 p.m., the woman, 29, who was visiting friends in University City, was walking on 45th Street and passed Taylor, then turned west on Larchwood Avenue, Walker said.
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August 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Mark Fazlollah, and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Stories of shakedowns, brutality, kidnapping, and theft have dogged a group of the city's Narcotics Field Unit officers for nearly a decade. But despite multiple investigations, cases against them never stuck. Federal prosecutors set out to change that Wednesday, laying out a sprawling racketeering case against six of the unit's former members. The charges paint them as rogue cops running roughshod over the rights of their targets, confident that few would believe anyone who dared complain.
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July 30, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
BACK IN April 2008, Kenneth Wiggins, 19, stole more than $1,000 from Qentin Salmond during a dice game in Germantown. Three days later, Salmond, his brother Bernard and their friend Jamil Baynes got revenge on Wiggins in broad daylight. Just before 1 p.m., as Wiggins left Skyline Restaurant on Chew Avenue near Chelten, Qentin Salmond, disguised in a Muslim woman's outfit, and Baynes, wielding a handgun, approached from behind and shoved him to the ground. Baynes then opened fire, fatally shooting Wiggins in the chest.
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July 22, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whatever money Terry Ballard and his boyfriend, Justen Smith, had when they arrived in Philadelphia this month had been blown on Fourth of July celebrations, weed, and a trip to Atlantic City, police and friends say. Now, wanting to catch a bus back to Western Pennsylvania - where Ballard, 26, lied to his family about attending college - the pair needed money. So, Wednesday afternoon, Ballard knocked on the door of Rufus and Gladys Perry, who lived two blocks away from his childhood home in Strawberry Mansion.
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July 18, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JEREMIAH JAKSON was a lousy security guard. He wasn't good at casing robbery victims, either. The 22-year-old Mantua resident was fired last month from AlliedBarton Security Services "due to performance reasons," the company said last night. So he decided last weekend to rob Laura Araujo, 23, a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia who was living in the same rooming home on 40th Street near Brown, police said. Jakson, who has at least four aliases and prior arrests on robbery, theft and gun charges, figured that Araujo had money because she drove a 2011 Toyota RAV4.
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