Rhawnhurst teen charged with beating 86-year-old woman


Phil­adelphia po­lice have ar­res­ted a Rhawn­hurst teen­ager sus­pec­ted of beat­ing an 86-year-old wo­man after in­vad­ing her home on Ju­ly 11.

Di­metry Worthy, 19, of the 2200 block of Strahle St., is also re­spons­ible for an­oth­er home in­va­sion in which a 62-year-old wo­man was vic­tim­ized, along with three oth­er break-ins in­volving a home and two parked cars, po­lice said.

On Ju­ly 11 at 1:25 p.m., an 86-year-old wo­man was sleep­ing in­side her home on the 8100 block of Al­gon Ave. when she awoke to find Worthy stand­ing over her de­mand­ing to know where her money was, po­lice said. As the vic­tim screamed for help, Worthy al­legedly struck her nu­mer­ous times be­fore flee­ing empty-handed.

The vic­tim suffered an or­bit­al frac­ture and fa­cial cuts and was treated at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale.

Po­lice ar­res­ted Worthy later that day after he al­legedly at­temp­ted to break in­to an­oth­er home on the 2100 block of Emer­son St., about two blocks from his own res­id­ence.

Worthy was then linked to two auto break-ins that oc­curred Ju­ly 10 on the 8100 block of Al­gon Ave., the same block where the 86-year-old wo­man lived. Worthy al­legedly “ran­sacked” a 2009 Honda and 2010 Nis­san, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. It is not known if any­thing was taken.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Worthy com­mit­ted an­oth­er home in­va­sion on March 17 on the 2400 block of Hoffnagle St., about three blocks from his own res­id­ence. The 62-year-old wo­man awoke to find a man touch­ing her and de­mand­ing money. She took him to her kit­chen and gave him $25 in cash and change, two can­dle­sticks and two bottles of vodka. The wo­man was not in­jured.

Worthy has been charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, burg­lary, rob­bery, tres­passing, ter­ror­ist­ic threats, crim­in­al mis­chief, at­temp­ted auto theft, con­spir­acy and re­lated crimes. He is sched­uled for an Aug. 2 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. ••


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