Suspect in three armed robberies is arrested

Less than a day after Phil­adelphia po­lice re­leased sur­veil­lance im­ages from three armed rob­ber­ies in the North­east, a tip­ster led in­vest­ig­at­ors to the sus­pect, who was ar­res­ted on Sept. 14.

Wil­li­am Brown, 18, of the 3600 block of Rhawn St. has been charged with mul­tiple counts of rob­bery, ag­grav­ated as­sault, con­spir­acy, weapons vi­ol­a­tions and re­lated of­fenses.

On Sept. 10 at 5:15 p.m., Brown al­legedly entered the Grace Dol­lar store at 6900 Bustleton Ave., poin­ted a gun at two em­ploy­ees, de­man­ded cash and fled on a bi­cycle with $200 from the re­gister.

Two days later at 3:40 p.m., Brown al­legedly entered the Rong Nail Salon at 7105 Bustleton Ave., poin­ted a gun at an em­ploy­ee, de­man­ded cash and fled with $80.

On Sept. 13 at 10:55 p.m., Brown al­legedly entered the Asia Ex­press Res­taur­ant at 7246 Castor Ave., poin­ted a gun at an em­ploy­ee, de­man­ded cash and fled with $100.

Wit­nesses told po­lice that a lookout ap­peared to par­ti­cip­ate in the Sept. 10 crime. They de­scribed him as a white teen­age male.

After pub­li­ciz­ing store sur­veil­lance pho­tos fea­tur­ing the then-un­known rob­ber on Sept. 14, po­lice re­ceived a tip identi­fy­ing Brown as the cul­prit. A po­lice source told the Times that Brown’s moth­er made the call.

Of­ficers went to the 7000 block of Saul St. that even­ing, spot­ted Brown and ar­res­ted him after a foot pur­suit, the po­lice source said. Po­lice learned that Brown’s sus­pec­ted ac­com­plice, a 14-year-old boy, was at the same loc­a­tion and ar­res­ted him in­side a house.

The al­leged ac­com­plice’s iden­tity has not been re­leased be­cause of his age.

Brown re­mains in cus­tody in lieu of $50,000 bail and is sched­uled for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Sept. 30. As re­cently as May 2010, Brown was in the court-ordered cus­tody of a ju­ven­ile de­ten­tion cen­ter for un­known crimes, ac­cord­ing to court re­cords. ••

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