Suspect sought in Castor Gardens mugging

Sur­veil­lance photo

De­tect­ives are try­ing to identi­fy a gun­man who mugged a wo­man SEPTA pat­ron near a bus stop in Castor Gar­dens on June 26.

The vic­tim, a 58-year-old wo­man, was walk­ing to­ward a bus stop at Bustleton and Magee av­en­ues at about 12:08 p.m. when she cut through a drive­way be­hind the 6600 block of Bustleton and passed a man who was talk­ing on a cell phone, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The wo­man con­tin­ued walk­ing and turned to no­tice that the man had fol­lowed her. He placed a hand­gun to her head and de­man­ded her purse, po­lice said.

The wo­man sur­rendered her purse and stated that it was empty, prompt­ing the rob­ber to toss the purse to the ground and flee east­bound on Un­ruh Av­en­ue, po­lice said.

The mug­ger was de­scribed as black, 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 165 pounds with a stocky build. He was clean shaven and wore a yel­low and blue striped shirt, black shorts and black shoes. Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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