Northeast Times

Robbery suspect found hiding in getaway van

Of­ficers from the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict cap­tured the sus­pec­ted armed rob­ber of a Rhawn­hurst con­veni­ence store early Monday after the ban­dit hid un­suc­cess­fully in­side his would-be get­away vehicle.

Po­lice were quick to re­spond in cars and on foot to the neigh­bor­hood after be­ing aler­ted to the heist.

The sus­pect al­legedly entered the Wawa store at 8152 Castor Ave. just be­fore 3:30 a.m., poin­ted a knife at a clerk and de­man­ded cash from the re­gister, said Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, a po­lice spokes­wo­man.

The rob­ber, who was later iden­ti­fied as Shawn Webb, 34, of the 3400 block of Engle­wood St., al­legedly fled the store with $2,200.

A short time later, po­lice spot­ted a sus­pi­cious black Chevy van parked on the 1900 block of Ar­thur St. with its in­teri­or light on and a man in­side. Then the van in­teri­or went dark.

As of­ficers ap­proached the van, a man jumped out and ran. Po­lice ended a brief foot chase by us­ing a Taser gun on the sus­pect. The stolen cash was re­covered.

Ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zaffino, com­mand­er of the 7th dis­trict, the same 24-hour Wawa store has been robbed more than a half-dozen times in the last three to four years. ••

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