Street robberies hit Rhawnhurst


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 

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