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