Gun range robber arrested, partner at large

Sam­iyyah Po­teat

A seni­or cit­izen pat­ron of a North­east shoot­ing range was wounded crit­ic­ally dur­ing an armed rob­bery in which a couple al­legedly stole sev­en guns from the vic­tim and his friend.

A wo­man sus­pect sur­rendered to po­lice on Fri­day night, but her male ac­com­plice re­mains at large. Po­lice iden­ti­fied the wo­man as Sam­iyyah Po­teat, 21, of the 4600 block of Wal­nut St. Au­thor­it­ies have not re­leased the iden­tity of the man rob­ber. Mean­while, a 68-year-old vic­tim is re­cov­er­ing from sur­gery to treat a gun­shot wound of the up­per leg. He was lis­ted in crit­ic­al but stable con­di­tion at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale on Monday.

The vi­ol­ence oc­curred at about 8:38 p.m. Thursday out­side the Delaware Val­ley Sports Cen­ter, 101 Gei­ger Road, in Bustleton. The busi­ness is an in­door shoot­ing range and pro shop. 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 sus­pects opened fire any­way, wound­ing the 68-year-old in the groin. The rob­bers fled in a dark sedan with tin­ted win­dows. The oth­er vic­tim was un­injured.

Po­lice be­lieve that the same crooks are re­spons­ible for a sim­il­ar rob­bery out­side of Yury’s Gun Range, 544 N. Percy St., near Spring Garden Street, last Wed­nes­day. Po­lice have re­leased sur­veil­lance video of the earli­er crime, which showed the wo­man sus­pect in plain view in­side the busi­ness, as well as an ex­ter­i­or view with the man sus­pect and their car. No shots were fired in that in­cid­ent, but two hand­guns were stolen from the vic­tim.

Po­teat was charged with two counts each of ag­grav­ated as­sault, rob­bery, theft and re­lated of­fenses.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the Percy Street video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion about the rob­ber­ies. ••

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