A police investigation into an alleged small-time drug deal led to a vehicle pursuit that ended in a violent crash on Roosevelt Boulevard near Langdon Street on Friday night. No serious injuries were reported in the episode, although two officers from the 15th district reported minor injuries, as did an innocent motorist. It all began at about 10:30 p.m. near Frankford Avenue and Dyre Street when patrol cops spotted what appeared to be an open-air drug transaction. The officers moved in to investigate the suspected dealer, who broke free and allegedly jumped into a running Cadillac Escalade. As the suspect drove away, he reportedly dragged two of the officers a short distance.
A bumbling robber with a pocket knife attempted and failed to hold up a couple of Northeast Philadelphia businesses on Mischief Night, but he ended up with a jar of loose change and small bills for his troubles. Police hope that surveillance video from the two targeted businesses will help them generate leads on the identity of the unknown bandit.
Feda Kuran wasn’t the most original criminal in Northeast Philadelphia, but federal judges don’t generally give credit for originality anyway.
If violent crime was Cori Thompson’s profession, then last winter was a busy season for the 22-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Northeast Philadelphia woman for allegedly taking sexually explicit photos of her two daughters, ages 6 years and 16 months, sharing images of the older girl with a Michigan man via the Internet and offering to send the older girl to Detroit to meet the man for sex.
It took less than one minute for a masked man to rob a Mayfair doughnut shop at gunpoint on Oct. 26.
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A gunman wearing a red bandana robbed a Sunoco gas station and mini mart in Morrell Park early Monday.
A woman’s abduction led to an Oct. 29 shooting involving police, followed by a wild auto pursuit through several Northeast neighborhoods that ended when the suspect crashed head-on into another vehicle at a Torresdale intersection.
Two opportunistic robbers waited for a Wissinoming convenience store clerk to go outside before snatching a cash register from the business on Oct. 16, police said.