Hoodlums attack Castor Gardens shop owner

Sur­veil­lance photo

Po­lice are try­ing to identi­fy at least four young hood­lums who vi­ol­ently at­tacked a Castor Gar­dens shop own­er after the pro­pri­et­or re­fused to buy a watch from them.

The beat­ing oc­curred on Feb. 8 in­side the 3 in 1 Vari­ety store at 6731 Castor Ave. Four or five men in their late teens or early 20s entered the store at about 3:54 p.m. and tried to per­suade the own­er, 66, to buy a wrist­watch from them. When he de­clined, the men turned vi­ol­ent.

One of the in­truders climbed over the counter, while an­oth­er cornered the own­er from be­hind. The vic­tim was struck in the head with an un­known ob­ject, then stabbed re­peatedly in the chest and stom­ach. He was able to es­cape their clutches mo­ment­ar­ily, then chase them away as they at­temp­ted to shat­ter a dis­play case.

The rob­bers were last seen on Castor Av­en­ue flee­ing in an un­known dir­ec­tion. The shop own­er was treated at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale.

All four crooks were de­scribed as black and 18 to 20 years old. One wore a red hooded sweat­shirt, black pants and black sneak­ers. An­oth­er wore a black puffy coat and pos­sibly red sneak­ers. An­oth­er wore a blue hooded sweat­shirt. The fourth wore a gray hooded sweat­shirt.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­Tube.com to view the sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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