Police believe attack planned

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.

Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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