Northeast Times

Serial robber targeting seniors

Keith Per­kins (left) and Joseph Don­ald­son

Po­lice who have been look­ing for a man who fol­lows eld­erly people home from loc­al banks and robs them be­fore they can get safely in­side have a war­rant for his ar­rest and were look­ing for him Tues­day.

Po­lice have known what he looks like; they’ve got plenty of pho­tos and tape of him. Yes­ter­day, they put a name to the face, and began look­ing for Ron­ald Singleton, 52, of the 5100 block of Hawthorne Street in Frank­ford. They be­lieve he is re­spons­ible for five North­east rob­ber­ies of eld­erly people and sev­er­al more in oth­er parts of the city.

Mean­while, an­oth­er man sur­rendered to po­lice in con­nec­tion with the Ju­ly rob­bery of an eld­erly man on Stan­wood Street, and cops are look­ing for his ac­com­plice. This week, 43-year-old Keith Per­kins of the 1400 block of North 22nd Street, was ar­res­ted in con­nec­tion to the street rob­bery of an 83-year-old-man. Cops are look­ing for his al­leged ac­com­plice, Joseph Don­ald­son, 28, of the 100 block of North Pax­son Street. Po­lice have war­rants for him and Singleton, but, as of mid­after­noon Tues­day, both men re­mained at large.

Po­lice said Singleton, a some­times vi­ol­ent rob­ber, has been op­er­at­ing from late April  to mid-Au­gust. His Aug. 13 vic­tims were in their 80s. One earli­er vic­tim was 96. The sums in­volved were from $100 to $1,000.

A de­scrip­tion of Don­ald­son, oth­er than he is a 28-year-old black man, was not avail­able as the North­east Times went to press Tues­day.

Any­one who sees Singleton or Don­ald­son should call 911, 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847. Tip­sters can also call the North­east De­tect­ive Di­vi­sion 215-686-3153/3154 or East De­tect­ive Di­vi­sion 215-686-3243/3244. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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