Police investigating two home invasions in Castor Gardens

De­tect­ives in North­east Phil­adelphia are in­vest­ig­at­ing a home in­va­sion-style rob­bery and an at­temp­ted home in­va­sion that oc­curred 24 hours apart last week.

Four gun­men burst in­to a row­house on the 1400 block of Gil­ham St. in Castor Gar­dens at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 and held up two men ages 44 and 56, said Capt. Jack Mc­Gin­nis of North­east De­tect­ives.

The rob­bers al­legedly at­tacked the older vic­tim when he re­fused to com­ply with their de­mands. Then they grabbed a tele­vi­sion from the house and fled, Mc­Gin­nis said.

The 56-year-old suffered un­dis­closed in­jur­ies and was treated at an area hos­pit­al.

The first as­sail­ant was de­scribed as black and wear­ing a black hood­ie. The second as­sail­ant was de­scribed as black, 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 165 pounds. He wore a black hood­ie and black pants and car­ried a black gun.

A third man was de­scribed as 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He car­ried a black pis­tol. No de­scrip­tion was avail­able of the fourth man.

On Aug. 2 at 11:40 p.m., three men at­temp­ted to force a Castor Gar­dens couple in­to their home at gun­point, but the hus­band man­aged to scare the at­tack­ers away.

The vic­tims, a 37-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife, had just closed their store on the 700 block of Adams Ave. for the night and parked their car out­side their house on the 7200 block of Hor­rocks St., Mc­Gin­nis said.

The wife went in­to the house while the hus­band re­mained out­side to un­load the car. The gun­man ap­proached him and de­man­ded that he lead them in­to the house.

In­stead, the hus­band pushed a pan­ic but­ton linked to his car alarm. The noise promp­ted the men to flee empty-handed, Mc­Gin­nis said.

All three gun­men were black. One was de­scribed as 6 feet tall. He wore a gray shirt and dark cargo pants and car­ried a black pis­tol. A second man wore a gray hood­ie. No de­scrip­tion was avail­able of the third man.

In­vest­ig­at­ors think that the as­sail­ants might have spot­ted the couple at their store and fol­lowed them about three miles to their house.

Past own­ers of the same store were sim­il­arly tar­geted in a couple of home in­va­sion rob­bery cases, Mc­Gin­nis said. It is not known if the earli­er crimes are con­nec­ted to the latest one.

Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about either case. ••

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