Philadelphia police said on Tuesday that they don’t believe a recent home invasion in the area of Willits and Ashton roads was a random act of violence, although detectives are still trying to identify the masked gunman who made off with a victim’s Rolex wristwatch.
Some unusual circumstances surrounded the armed robbery on the 2700 block of Springhouse Road, according to a police source. The crime occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Nov. 29.
Based on the 19-year-old victim’s statement, detectives believe that the crime occurred as he and his 2-year-old daughter were returning home from a church on the 6900 block of Castor Ave. As the victim parked his car in his driveway, a masked man approached him on foot and pointed a gun at him. The victim ran into the house, leaving the baby in the car, and raced into the kitchen, where his mother, 43, and sister, 25, were cleaning, the police source said.
The gunman followed the victim into the kitchen and demanded his $6,700 Rolex, threatening to harm the baby. Meanwhile, the victim’s father, 49, came downstairs, stood in front of the doorway and tried to convince the robber to put down his weapon. The robber forced his way outside the house and ran away with the watch. No escape vehicle was reported to police. No injuries were reported. Detectives suspect the robber targeted the victim because of the wristwatch. It remains unknown if the robber followed the victim home from the church or if he knew the victim.
The bandit was described as white, between 22 and 28 years old and standing about 5 feet 6 inches. He wore a black ski mask, black jacket and black pants. He carried a small silver handgun.
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