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Officers lauded for nabbing robbery suspects

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Chas­ing down armed rob­bery sus­pects in April spurred ap­plause for three of­ficers at the Oct. 9 meet­ing of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil.

Of­ficers Kev­in Mc­Grorty, Kirk Dodd and Padra­ic Feeney were honored as the PDAC’s Of­ficers of the Month for April.

The three were work­ing the 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. tour on April 21 when they were called to the 6000 block of Ox­ford Ave. to in­vest­ig­ate a call of a rob­bery in pro­gress, said Mark Mroz, the 2nd dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer.

The vic­tim told the of­ficers that three black men wear­ing black hood­ies and white masks had tried to rob him, Mroz said. The vic­tim said one man was armed with a sawed-off shot­gun.

The vic­tim spot­ted two men nearby and told the po­lice of­ficer that one who was wear­ing a white T-shirt and hold­ing a black hood­ie might be one of the rob­bers.

Feeney and Dodd pulled their car next to the two men, an­nounced they were po­lice of­ficers, showed them their badges and told them to stop.

They didn’t. In­stead, they took off.

Feeney ran after the man in the white shirt and quickly got hold of him.

Mc­Grorty pur­sued the oth­er man through a nearby play­ground and field in his squad car, which he then used as a weapon.

Ac­cord­ing to Mroz, the flee­ing man stopped, turned and poin­ted a gun at the of­ficer, who was just 10 feet away. The of­ficer then swerved his car to strike the man. Mc­Grorty got out of his car, but the man con­tin­ued run­ning un­til the of­ficer caught up to him as he was try­ing to climb a fence.

Dodd, in the mean­time, found the gun, a loaded .357 Mag­num re­volver, that the flee­ing man had dropped. Mroz also said of­ficers found the shot­gun.

Ar­res­ted were An­dre Green, 27, of the 1900 block of Red­field St., and John Scott, 28, of the 2000 block of S. 57th St. Mroz said the vic­tim pos­it­ively iden­ti­fied them as the men who had tried to rob him. They were charged with as­sault, weapons and re­lated of­fenses. Scott had re­ceived cuts to his arm and was treated at Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus.

The third man was not cap­tured, Mroz said, and the two men in cus­tody aren’t talk­ing.

Capt. Mi­chael Mc­Car­rick, the 2nd dis­trict’s com­mand­er, said the PDAC’s re­cog­ni­tion is a mor­ale boost­er for the of­ficers and “goes some miles with their fam­il­ies, too.”

Com­ment­ing on loc­al crime rates, the cap­tain said the 2nd dis­trict was see­ing those rates de­creas­ing. However, he said, there are two armed young men who have been com­mit­ting a lot of street rob­ber­ies in the dis­trict. De­scrip­tions of the men are vague, the cap­tain said. Both are thought to be teen­agers of av­er­age height and both wear dark cloth­ing.

PDAC mem­bers will not meet in Novem­ber. Their next ses­sion will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave. Chair­wo­man Lynn Genetti said the meet­ing will be a hol­i­day gath­er­ing and in­vited mem­bers to bring ap­pet­izers. ••

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