Neighborhood news in brief

A cor­rec­tion about the Port Rich­mond Me­mori­al Day parade; armed sus­pect wanted for two rob­ber­ies in River Wards, and more neigh­bor­hood news in brief.

Port Rich­mond Me­mori­al Day parade cor­rec­tion

Star prin­ted in the May 15 story, “End of an era,” that three loc­al banks — Po­lo­nia Bank, Port Rich­mond Sav­ings and Wash­ing­ton Sav­ings — donated a total of $250 to­ward the 2013 Port Rich­mond Me­mori­al Day Parade, which was can­celled this year.

In fact, Mi­chael Re­illy, chair­man of Port Rich­mond Sav­ings Bank, has cla­ri­fied that the banks did not donate this year be­cause they were in­formed, by an un­named source, that the parade was can­celed. In past years, they have donated up­ward of $1,000 each.

PRO­PAC pres­id­ent Ken Paul has con­firmed that he was mis­in­formed in stat­ing that the banks had lowered their dona­tions sig­ni­fic­antly this year, and that the banks were told that the parade was can­celed be­fore not donat­ing, not the oth­er way around.

Paul ad­ded that any funds raised for the parade — even though dona­tions this year did not cov­er parade costs — are in a se­cure bank ac­count, and will be used for next year’s parade. ••

Two rob­ber­ies, same sus­pect?

A Cit­izens Bank branch in Brides­burg and Sun­oco A-Plus in Port Rich­mond were both the vic­tim of po­ten­tially the same sus­pect on Sat­urday, May 18.

Po­lice have not pub­licly stated that they are seek­ing the same sus­pect for both crimes. However sur­veil­lance foot­age from the sep­ar­ate crimes, which took place on the same day, shows the man­wear­ing the same out­fit at both crime scenes.

The po­ten­tial sus­pect com­mit­ted an at­temp­ted armed rob­bery at Sun­oco, and a suc­cess­ful rob­bery at Cit­izens Bank.

The in­di­vidu­al is a white man es­tim­ated to be 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was last seen wear­ing a dark Nike hooded sweat­shirt, a blue T-shirt, and a green skull cap with the word “Ir­ish” em­broidered on the front. He has a tat­too on the left side of his neck.

Ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment East De­tect­ives Di­vi­sion, the man entered Sun­oco A-Plus at 3398 Ara­mingo Ave. on Sat­urday, May 18 at 2:23 a.m.

The man ap­proached the cash­ier, who was be­hind se­cur­ity glass, and poin­ted a hand­gun at the em­ploy­ee, then de­man­ded money and ci­gar­ettes, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

After fail­ing to ob­tain money and ci­gar­ettes, the man fled the area in an un­known dir­ec­tion.

Later that day, the man made his way to Cit­izens Banks in Brides­burg, right across the street from Brides­burg United Meth­od­ist Church.

After en­ter­ing the bank at 2702 Kirk­bridge St. at about 10:25 a.m. on May 18, the sus­pect gave a threat­en­ing note to the tell­er, who then gave cash to the rob­ber. Au­thor­it­ies have not dis­closed the amount of money stolen.

The FBI and Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s Vi­ol­ent Crimes Task Force re­leased a sur­veil­lance im­age of the man from the bank rob­bery last week. The Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment re­leased the im­age from the gas sta­tion rob­bery last Thursday.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about the crime is be­ing asked call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847). ••

Driver in Frank­ford Ave bike crash charged with DUI

A 43-year-old man was bik­ing on the 2400 block of Frank­ford Av­en­ue on Sat­urday, May 18, around 11:30 p.m. when he was struck by a Dodge van.

The cyc­list was re­portedly thrown through the air and crit­ic­ally in­jured when he crashed against the driver’s side door of a parked Acura MDX.

The Acura’s driver re­portedly had just parked his car and was get­ting out when the bi­cyc­list struck his door.

The bi­cyc­list was brought to Hahne­mann Hos­pit­al by med­ics and was lis­ted in crit­ic­al con­di­tion, with spin­al cord and head in­jur­ies.

The van’s driver now faces charges of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence. ••

Po­lice find rob­bery vic­tim murdered

Phil­adelpia po­lice were called to the 2900 block of Hartville Street in Kens­ing­ton at 1:12 a.m. on Monday, May 20, in re­sponse to re­ports of a rob­bery.

Of­ficers ar­rived at the scene to find a dead 51-year-old man who was shot and killed dur­ing the ap­par­ent rob­bery.

The vic­tim was pro­nounced dead at the scene. He was shot once in the chest.

No ar­rests have been made. The vic­tim’s name has not been re­leased by po­lice. ••

-Com­piled by Sam Ne­w­house

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