Police press their search for mugger


First, he was lost; then, he went miss­ing.

Now, au­thor­it­ies con­tin­ue to search for the mug­ger who last April roughed up a 75-year-old wo­man out­side a North­east Phil­adelphia med­ic­al of­fice.

Po­lice hope that new in­form­ants will help lead them in the right dir­ec­tion.

The crime oc­curred April 7 at about 3:10 p.m. at 2813 Cottman Ave. The vic­tim was walk­ing to­ward the rear en­trance of the of­fice when an un­known man ap­proached her and asked her to dir­ect him to­ward a cer­tain street.

When the wo­man said she was un­fa­mil­i­ar with that street, the man grabbed her pock­et­book. The wo­man held onto the strap and fell to the ground as the rob­ber pulled the purse away from her.

He fled on foot to­ward Revere Street.

The purse con­tained the wo­man’s wal­let, $60 cash, cred­it cards, iden­ti­fic­a­tion and keys.

The as­sail­ant was de­scribed as white, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 to 175 pounds. He wore a brown base­ball cap with a logo on the front; blue jeans; white sneak­ers; and a gray, white and or­ange nylon wind­break­er. He was seen op­er­at­ing a dark red sedan, pos­sibly a late 1990s Ford or Mer­cury with a sun­roof.

Sur­veil­lance video of the crime can be viewed at www.philly­po­lice.com. To re­port in­form­a­tion about the case, call 215-686-TIPS or vis­it the Web site. Tip­sters may re­main an­onym­ous. ••


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