Northeast Times

Violent ‘home invasion’ shocks Castor Gardens neighborhood

Po­lice say a 74-year-old wo­man was killed and her hus­band was beaten early this morn­ing in their second-floor apart­ment in the 6700 block of Castor Av­en­ue. A man has been taken in­to cus­tody for ques­tion­ing. Neigh­bors say the couple, known as Lew and Judy, of­ten strolled around the streets to­geth­er in the morn­ing.

  An eld­erly North­east Phil­adelphia wo­man was killed and her hus­band was beaten early this morn­ing by an in­truder who broke in­to their Castor Gar­dens apart­ment, po­lice said.

  The 74-year-old wo­man was found dead in­side the second-floor apart­ment in the 6700 block of Castor Av­en­ue. Po­lice, who answered a ra­dio call at 2:50 a.m., were met at the door by the wo­man’s 75-year-old hus­band, who told them his wife was in­side.

  Neither was iden­ti­fied by po­lice.

 Po­lice said the in­truder entered the apart­ment, loc­ated above a cloth­ing store, through a rear second-floor win­dow by push­ing in the screen of a rear win­dow.

 A man po­lice did not identi­fy was taken in­to cus­tody for ques­tion­ing.

 The hus­band was taken to Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale cam­pus for treat­ment of his in­jur­ies.

Al­though po­lice would not re­lease the vic­tims’ names, neigh­bors said they knew the vic­tims as Lew and Judy.

The hus­band was es­pe­cially well-known on the block of ground-floor busi­nesses with second-floor apart­ments.

“We called him the may­or,” said the Rev. Robert Bey, who lives nearby on Knorr Street.

“Every­body likes him,” said a Mr. Wong, who said he was the couple’s land­lord but de­clined to give his first name.

“Every­body knows every­body around here,” Bey said, adding the couple’s morn­ing walks to­geth­er were fa­mil­i­ar neigh­bor­hood sights.

“We are deeply saddened,” Bey said.

Wong said he be­lieves the couple had lived in the second-floor apart­ment for 30 years.

Alan Wise, an­oth­er Knorr Street neigh­bor, on Monday morn­ing looked up at the torn screen of the vic­tims’ res­id­ence and said he knew that was a bed­room.

Wise and Bey said the neigh­bor­hood has had some mug­gings and burg­lar­ies, but noth­ing like a vi­ol­ent home in­va­sion.

“This is the first vi­ol­ent break-in,” Wise said.

Al­though de­tect­ives are ques­tion­ing a man, he had not been ar­res­ted as on late Monday morn­ing.

Po­lice said cause of death of the eld­erly wo­man has not been de­term­ined.••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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