Pedestrians victimized in Oxford Circle

Rob­bers armed with a shot­gun and a Taser-type weapon have vic­tim­ized two ped­es­tri­ans and a dough­nut shop in the Ox­ford Circle area in re­cent weeks, ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice, who seek the pub­lic’s help in identi­fy­ing the cul­prits.

Capt. John Mc­Gin­nis, the com­mand­er of North­east De­tect­ives, is­sued a memo on March 12 de­tail­ing the crimes, two of which oc­curred with­in 10 minutes on March 8.

At 12:50 a.m., of­ficers from the 2nd dis­trict were called to the 1000 block of Levick St. and met a man who told them he had been robbed by a man and wo­man. The vic­tim said he was walk­ing to­ward his home when a wo­man ap­proached him and asked for dir­ec­tions to a su­per­mar­ket. He then saw a man fol­low­ing him on foot. 

With­in mo­ments, the male sus­pect whistled to­ward the vic­tim, bran­dished a “pump-ac­tion” shot­gun, threatened to shoot the vic­tim and de­man­ded valu­ables. The wo­man then placed a Taser device to the vic­tim’s arm and shocked him with it.

The rob­bers took the vic­tim’s iPhone, wal­let and cloth­ing, then fled on foot, po­lice said. The vic­tim was un­injured.

About 10 minutes later, a man with a shot­gun and wo­man with a Taser robbed an­oth­er man on the 1000 block of How­ell St. The crooks used a sim­il­ar meth­od and made off with a cell phone, wal­let, cloth­ing and $20 cash. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

An­oth­er shot­gun rob­bery oc­cured on Feb. 23 at the Dunkin’ Donuts, 6323 Castor Ave. A man­ager told po­lice that two men wear­ing hood­ies entered the shop at about 6:45 p.m., bran­dished a shot­gun and de­man­ded cash from the re­gister. The rob­bers then fled on foot with an un­spe­cified amount of cash. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

In the earli­er case, the man­ager de­scribed the rob­bers as two black men in their late teens or early 20s. One was 5 feet 6 inches tall and the oth­er 5 feet 3 inches tall.

In the two oth­er cases, vic­tims de­scribed one sus­pect as a black man in his early 20s with a “Sunni” beard. The fe­male sus­pect was de­scribed as “light-skinned” and in her early 20s.

Call po­lice at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the crimes. ••

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