Police arrest armed robber after spree

Richard Bynum

Phil­adelphia po­lice last week an­nounced the re­cent ar­rest of an armed rob­ber who al­legedly spent more than three months ter­ror­iz­ing busi­nesses in the north­ern and north­east­ern areas of the city.

Richard Bynum, 48, of the 2300 block of 79th Ave. in West Oak Lane, al­legedly tar­geted shops, con­veni­ence stores and phar­ma­cies in East Mount Airy, Ce­dar­brook, East Oak Lane, Lawndale, Ox­ford Circle and Rhawn­hurst between March 5 and his June 17 cap­ture. Au­thor­it­ies charged him in con­nec­tion with 10 hold-ups, in­clud­ing those at Rite Aid, 8130 Roosevelt Blvd., on March 14; Rite Aid, 5694 Rising Sun Ave., on April 8; and Rite Aid, 6401 Ox­ford Ave., on April 13.

In­vest­ig­at­ors iden­ti­fied Bynum as the al­leged cul­prit in the af­ter­math of an armed rob­bery of the CVS at 6344 Stenton Ave. on June 17. In that case, the rob­ber de­man­ded money from the store man­ager at gun­point. The man­ager placed cash in­to the rob­ber’s back­pack, along with a GPS track­ing device, which led po­lice to a car on the 2400 block of 78th Ave. Of­ficers found a black hand­gun in the car, along with cloth­ing worn by the rob­ber, po­lice said. Bynum, who is also known as Richard Lawrence, was ar­res­ted a short time later. ••

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