Northeast Times

Search continues for knife-wielding robber

A knife-wield­ing rob­ber took two seni­or wo­men on a hor­ri­fy­ing ride after car­jack­ing them out­side a North­east Wal-Mart on Nov. 15. Po­lice seek the pub­lic’s help in identi­fy­ing the thug.

The two vic­tims and two oth­er wo­men had been shop­ping to­geth­er at the Wal-Mart at 1 Frank­lin Mills Blvd. when they emerged from the store at about 8 p.m., Phil­adelphia po­lice said.

As they ap­proached their car, a man ap­proached them with a knife and forced two of the wo­men, ages 66 and 68, in­to the vehicle. The man sat in the back seat and held the knife to the front-seat pas­sen­ger while de­mand­ing that the older wo­man drive to an ATM ma­chine, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to one pub­lished re­port, they drove to two banks in the area, but both were closed. They went to the Wells Fargo branch at 2349 Street Road in Ben­s­alem, where the man forced the wo­men to with­drawn $700 from a drive-thru ATM.

The rob­ber then forced the wo­men to drive back to the Frank­lin Mills area, where he re­portedly stole more cash from their purses, their car keys and their mo­bile phones be­fore flee­ing on foot to­ward the rear of a Path­mark su­per­mar­ket.

The wo­men found their car keys nearby, drove home and called po­lice.

No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

The rob­ber was de­scribed as white, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 to 190 pounds. He wore a dark hooded sweat shirt, dark sweat pants with a white stripe down the leg seam, sunglasses and a base­ball cap.

Po­lice have pos­ted a mont­age of sur­veil­lance pho­tos on You­Tube.com (Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel), but the im­ages only show the rob­ber from a dis­tance and do not show his face.

Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the crime. ••

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