Philadelphia police are investigating a rash of street-corner robberies that occurred mainly in Rhawnhurst earlier this month.
No injuries were reported in the heists, which occurred between Oct. 7 and 14 along Arthur Street in Rhawnhurst, as well as two nearby locations, said Capt. Joseph Zaffino, commander of the 7th Police District.
A 22-year-old man was walking along the 1900 block of Arthur St. at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 9 when another man approached him with gun drawn and demanded the victim’s valuables. The victim handed over his wallet, iPhone and cigarettes, Zaffino said, but the gunman fired his weapon anyway, missing the fleeing victim.
Two similar robberies occurred on Oct. 14 involving male victims ages 18, 24 and 40.
At 9:30 p.m., one victim was walking along the 2000 block of Arthur St. when a gunman approached him and demanded his valuables. The victim surrendered his wallet and cigarettes. No shots were fired.
Ten minutes later, two more victims were walking along the 1800 block of Arthur St. when a gunman approached them making the same demands. The victims refused the demand, however, prompting the gunman to flee empty-handed.
The robber was described as black, 25 to 27 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. His clothing varied from incident to incident, but he did not wear a masks, Zaffino said.
Yet another gunpoint robbery occurred on Oct. 7 at Griffith and Frontenac streets in the 2nd Police District, about three blocks from the Oct. 9 case, but details in the earlier case vary from the others, so police have not made a definitive connection.Also on Oct. 14, 2nd district officers responded to a gunpoint robbery complaint at Ferndale Street and Borbeck Avenue, near the Fox Chase Recreation Center and about 1.7 miles from the Arthur Street incidents. ••EndFragment