SWAT unit gets young robbery suspects

The two teens, one al­legedly armed with a shot­gun, fled to their Frank­ford home and re­fused to sur­render. Of­ficers even­tu­ally took them in­to cus­tody.

Phil­adelphia po­lice on Sat­urday ar­res­ted two teen­agers who al­legedly com­mit­ted two gun­point rob­ber­ies in Frank­ford, then ran in­to a nearby apart­ment house for cov­er.

When mem­bers of the SWAT unit ar­rived at the house on the 4900 block of Saul St. shortly after 6:30 a.m., the sus­pects ini­tially re­fused to sur­render, ac­cord­ing to Of­ficer Christine O’Bri­en, a po­lice de­part­ment spokes­wo­man.

With the sus­pects on the second floor, po­lice evac­u­ated res­id­ents of the first floor, in­clud­ing two 4-year-old chil­dren. SWAT mem­bers ar­res­ted the sus­pects in­side the build­ing a short time later. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

Len­ue Howard, 19, and a second teen­age male of un­con­firmed iden­tity and age have been charged with two counts of rob­bery. Both males live at the Saul Street ad­dress.

At 5:45 a.m. on Sat­urday, they al­legedly ap­proached a 52-year-old wo­man on the 1300 block of Wakeling St., poin­ted a shot­gun at her and de­man­ded her valu­ables. It is un­known if they took any pos­ses­sions from the wo­man.

About 45 minutes later, the same sus­pects ap­proached a 42-year-old man on the same block and de­man­ded his be­long­ings. The vic­tim res­isted. Dur­ing a struggle, the shot­gun fired with pel­lets, strik­ing an un­oc­cu­pied house nearby.

A wit­ness told po­lice that he heard the gun­fire and saw two males run­ning to­ward and in­to the Saul Street house. One of the sus­pects car­ried a shot­gun, the wit­ness said.

Po­lice ar­rived at the sus­pects’ house a short time later. ••

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