Robbery suspect shot by police


The 7-El­ev­en at 5231 Har­bison Ave. in Frank­ford has a his­tory of rob­bery at­tempts. Ban­dits re­peatedly have tar­geted it in re­cent years.

But early last Thursday, one al­leged gun­man didn’t make it very far after he tried to rob the 7-El­ev­en, along with a Pantry 1 Food Mart across the street, po­lice say.

A few blocks away, at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Bridge Street, po­lice shot and crit­ic­ally wounded the sus­pect after he al­legedly pulled a gun on them.

Au­thor­it­ies iden­ti­fied the rob­ber as Roosevelt To­son, 22, of the 5800 block of Crit­tenden St. in West Oak Lane.

The epis­ode began at about 12:45 a.m. when To­son al­legedly entered the 7-El­ev­en and tried to rob the place, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Ray Evers, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­man. An em­ploy­ee called 911.

Be­fore patrol of­ficers ar­rived at the scene, the sus­pect ran across Har­bison Av­en­ue and in­to the Pantry 1 at 5240 Tor­res­dale Ave., where he al­legedly tried an­oth­er stick-up.

It is un­known what, if any­thing, was stolen from the stores. Vic­tims re­por­ted no in­jur­ies.

As To­son al­legedly fled Pantry 1 on foot, an em­ploy­ee from that store flagged down po­lice who were re­spond­ing to the 7-El­ev­en. The em­ploy­ee poin­ted the of­ficers to­ward Tor­res­dale and Bridge in the dir­ec­tion of the flee­ing sus­pect.

Of­ficers con­fron­ted To­son at the in­ter­sec­tion. The sus­pect al­legedly pulled a gun from his waist­band and poin­ted it at po­lice. One of­ficer replied with gun­fire, which wounded To­son mul­tiple times, in­clud­ing a chest wound, Evers said.

To­son was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale in crit­ic­al con­di­tion. He re­mained hos­pit­al­ized on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Crim­in­al charges were pending.

Last Au­gust, Phil­adelphia po­lice dis­trib­uted sur­veil­lance pho­tos of an un­known man wanted for rob­bing the same 7-El­ev­en at least three times, in ad­di­tion to sev­er­al oth­er North­east con­veni­ence stores, between Oc­to­ber 2009 and Decem­ber 2010.

To­son is not a sus­pect in the earli­er rob­ber­ies.

In ac­cord­ance with po­lice de­part­ment pro­tocol, the of­ficers in­volved in the shoot­ing were placed on ad­min­is­trat­ive duty pending the out­come of an in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tion and in­di­vidu­al eval­u­ations. ••


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