Frankford man charged in Cottman Ave. bank robbery


Phil­adelphia po­lice have ar­res­ted a Frank­ford man in con­nec­tion with the March 10 rob­bery of a North­east bank and cred­it the news me­dia for help­ing them identi­fy the sus­pect.

Ray­mond Mann, 26, of the 1600 block of Chel­ten­ham Ave., entered the Cit­izens Bank at 2101 Cottman Ave. at 1:47 p.m., presen­ted a threat­en­ing de­mand note to a tell­er and fled with an un­dis­closed amount of cash, po­lice said.

That even­ing, in­vest­ig­at­ors re­leased sur­veil­lance video and pho­tos of the crime to the news me­dia. A tip­ster saw the foot­age on tele­vi­sion, re­cog­nized the sus­pect and called po­lice, who ar­res­ted Mann on March 12 without in­cid­ent.

He is charged with rob­bery and re­lated of­fenses and is sched­uled for a March 29 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing.

Nine days be­fore the bank rob­bery, Mann ap­peared at a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing in con­nec­tion with a Sept. 12, 2011, rob­bery. Court re­cords show that the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice with­drew that case against Mann, com­plain­ing that wit­nesses failed to show up to testi­fy. ••


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