September 14, 2000 |
Protesters, among them Cheri Honkala (second from left), tried to deliver a letter yesterday to Police Commissioner John Jimoney denouncing surveillance of the groups prior to the Republican National Convention here. They got as far as the front desk of Police Headquarters at 8th and Race, but promised to take action if the commish didn't respond. Through spokesman Sgt. Roland Lee, Timoney said there was no infiltration of the protest groups by Philadelphia police, just observation.
August 5, 1987 |
"Stakeout," an action drama starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Aidan Quinn and Madeleine Stowe. Directed by John Badham. Screenplay by Jim Kouf. Running time: 114 minutes. A Touchstone release. At area theaters. It comes as something of a surprise to realize that we haven't seen Richard Dreyfuss as a cop before. He did play private dick Moses Wine in the (unjustly) neglected "The Big Fix," but the other characters he's essayed in his distinguished career have all lacked the smidgen of piety needed to carry a badge.
November 4, 1995 |
Claiming that police shot and killed an unarmed mentally ill man, relatives of Sherwood Rice yesterday sued the city and four unknown members of the stakeout unit in federal court for more than $100,000. Attorneys for Rice's estate contend that police planted a shotgun next to Rice's body after shooting and killing him last July 11 at the doorstep of his house on Federal Street near 17th in South Philadelphia. Rice, 41, who suffered from mental problems, had held his wife hostage for nearly eight hours and had threatened to kill her and others.
February 10, 1996 |
The three veteran Washington Township detectives had that feeling that this was their "man" as they staked out the Commerce Bank branch at Ganttown and Hurffville-Cross Keys Roads on Thursday night. The suspect, later identified as Andrew J. Sacharok, 33, of the first block of Kenton Avenue, Pitman, had driven his truck twice through the bank's parking lot around 7 p.m. Their instincts proved correct as the man entered the bank, robbed it and tried to flee as police closed in, according to Detective Lt. Francis Burke.
October 6, 1991 |
The stakeout officers saw them exiting a car on the bank's parking lot: Three men wearing Halloween masks and carrying guns. No time to waste. Customers and employees were ordered to safety. Guns were readied. Seconds later, three robbers lay dead or mortally wounded at the Provident National Bank at 330 Packer Ave. It was Dec. 28, 1966, and over the next few months the bank holdup problem in Philadelphia almost disappeared, police said. "We put people in the banks, blew away some guys, got great press and the bank robberies dropped just about to zero," recalled Joe Orbell, chief inspector of the Community Affairs Bureau, who was a sergeant 25 years ago. Today, with Philadelphia experiencing another surge in holdups, some bank executives would like to see the same results - without the bloodshed.
February 10, 2009 |
A stakeout of a bank-robbery suspect turned deadly yesterday afternoon in a normally quiet residential neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia when authorities shot and killed a man who pulled a gun. Police detectives and FBI agents with the joint Violent Crime Task Force, stationed in the 900 block of Borbeck Avenue in Fox Chase, had a picture of the man and were attempting to take him into custody when he drew a weapon, a police source said....
September 2, 1992 |
The MO is the same. Around closing time, a couple of men walk into a Northeast Philadelphia saloon, fire a shotgun into the ceiling or floor, and order patrons to the ground. They pick the cash register clean and scoop up the change left on the bar. Then they are gone. Sometimes, things get a little rough. The night bartender at Coach's Bar & Grill on Frankford Avenue was struck with the butt of a shotgun, leaving a gash in his skull that required three stitches to close.
September 8, 1999 |
A Camden man was arrested and another escaped from police after an attempted car theft in the PATCO High-Speed Line parking lot on Ferry Avenue in Camden yesterday morning. Police said the two suspects were being investigated in conjunction with a series of armed bank robberies, mostly in Gloucester County this year. After several cars in the Ferry Avenue lot were stolen on Tuesday mornings and used in the bank robberies, PATCO Police Chief James E. Hill placed detectives and stakeout officers on the lot. With police watching at 9 a.m. yesterday, authorities said, Leonard Hudson, 27, of the Centennial Apartments in Camden, and an unidentified man drove onto the lot in what police learned was a stolen car. Police said they saw the two men use a screwdriver to open the door of another car on the lot. As police closed in, the two men jumped back into the car they arrived in and sped away.
August 7, 1987 |
One of the surest ways for a director to show that a policeman's lot is not a happy one - and it never is in contemporary films - is to assign his hero a stakeout. Whether it's a freezing Gene Hackman eating a decrepit hot dog while his quarry enjoys a gourmet meal in The French Connection or Judge Reinhold sitting forlornly outside Eddie Murphy's luxury hotel in Beverly Hills Cop, the stakeout is the time when the hours of boredom weigh heavily. Traditionally, it's the down time in a detective movie before the action explodes.
June 29, 1993 |
Flak-jacketed stakeout officers search rooftops near 46th Street and Westminster Avenue in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia yesterday for a man who fired several gunshots from a window during a confrontation with a second man at about 1:30 p.m. Two nearby residents (below) flee to safety with an infant. Police originally thought the man had barricaded himself inside the building with several young hostages. However, he fled before police arrived and was still being sought early today.