Police arrest second suspect in gun range robbery

Po­lice last week ar­res­ted a second per­son in a mid-June rob­bery and shoot­ing in Bustleton. De­tect­ives be­lieve Jef­fery Chand­ler, 29, is one of two people in­volved in an in­cid­ent out­side the Delaware Val­ley Sports Cen­ter gun shop and shoot­ing range at 101 Gei­ger Road as well as a sim­il­ar rob­bery on North Percy Street on the pre­vi­ous day. 

Ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice, the FBI Fu­git­ive Task Force fol­lowed a lead that Chand­ler was in New Jer­sey. They ar­res­ted him without in­cid­ent in Threadleaf Ter­race in Bur­l­ing­ton Town­ship at 1 p.m. on June 24. He is charged with rob­bery, ag­grav­ated as­sault and re­lated of­fenses.

Po­lice already had Chand­ler’s al­leged ac­com­plice in cus­tody.

The Bustleton rob­bery oc­curred at about 8:38 p.m. on June 12. A man and a wo­man al­legedly ap­proached two older men in the park­ing lot with guns drawn and an­nounced a hol­dup. The vic­tims sur­rendered their wal­lets, cell phones, cash and sev­en guns, po­lice said. Al­though the vic­tims com­plied with the de­mands, one of the rob­bers opened fire any­way, wound­ing the 68-year-old. The rob­bers fled in a dark sedan with tin­ted win­dows. The oth­er vic­tim was un­injured.

Po­lice be­lieve Chand­ler, who lives on the 4900 block of Wal­nut Street, and his ac­com­plice also are re­spons­ible for a sim­il­ar rob­bery out­side of Yury’s Gun Range, 544 N. Percy St., near Spring Garden Street, on June 11. No shots were fired in that in­cid­ent, but two hand­guns were stolen from the vic­tim.

Chand­ler’s al­leged ac­com­plice, Sam­iyyah Po­teat, 21, of the 4600 block of Wal­nut Street, sur­rendered to po­lice on June 13. Po­teat was charged with two counts each of ag­grav­ated as­sault, rob­bery, theft and re­lated of­fenses.

The 68-year-old vic­tim of the Bustleton rob­bery is re­cov­er­ing from sur­gery to treat a gun­shot wound of the up­per leg. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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