Gayborhood Crime Watch

Gayborhood Crime Watch

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The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Information is courtesy of 6th District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association. To report crime tips, visit or call 215-686-TIPS (8477).


— At 7 p.m. Oct. 31, someone approached the victim from behind in the 300 block of South Iseminger Street, punched the person in the face and stole an iPhone. The suspect was described as a black male, in his mid-20s, 5-foot-8 and wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

— At 9:40 a.m. Nov. 1, a male grabbed an iPhone from a woman’s baby carriage while she was walking in the 1300 block of Lombard Street. The robber fled south on Juniper Street. He was described as black, 25 years old, 6-foot-2, 160 pounds, clean-shaven with a dark complexion and wearing a maroon windbreaker.

— At 2:10 p.m. Nov. 4, a witness observed a male climb over a rear yard fence in the 300 block of South 11th Street. A resident of the building later found a window that had been forced open in the rear and laptops and an Xbox were taken. The robber was described as a black man in his 40s, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with a mustache and glasses and wearing a green jacket and jeans. Sixth District Officer Chim attempted to lift fingerprints.

— Between 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 5, someone entered an apartment in the 300 block of South 12th Street through a rear window and stole a laptop. Sixth District Officer Ditizio attempted to lift fingerprints.

— At 3:40 a.m. Nov. 5, a man followed a woman from Club Voyeur at 1221 St. James St. to 300 S. Camac St. and asked to go home with her. She refused and the male punched her, took her purse and fled south on Camac. Items from the purse were recovered on the street. The assailant was described as a black or Hispanic male with a light complexion and beard, 6-foot, medium build wearing a black hat and black pea coat.


— At 7:05 p.m. Oct. 31, 6th District Officer Kelly arrested a male wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear for court outside Juniper and Locust streets. The 35-year-old suspect with a Germantown address was charged with contempt of court.

— At 10 p.m. Nov. 2, a male causing a disturbance inside ICandy, 254 S. 12th St., refused to leave the area when ordered by 6th District bicycle patrol Officer Sprouls. The officer arrested the man, who alledgely was found to possess two crack rocks. The 28-year-old suspect with a Lindenwold, N.J., address was charged with possession of cocaine.

— At 3:30 a.m. Nov. 3, in the 1200 block of Chancellor Street, complainant was in a domestic-related argument when the suspect fired one shot from a handgun, missing the complainant who called 911 and gave a description and direction of the suspect. Sixth District Officers Taylor and Sanford stopped the suspect at 13th and Chestnut streets, who was positively identified. Police recovered a loaded gun and charged the 21-year-old suspect with a West Philadelphia address with aggravated assault and related offenses.

— At 6:20 p.m. Nov. 4, a woman was on a crowded SEPTA bus, heading south on Eighth Street at Locust, when three males pushed past her to exit. The bus driver told the female passenger to check her handbag and she discovered her wallet was missing. The woman ran after and caught up to the males and demanded her wallet and money back; one of the males threw the wallet to the ground, at which time two security officers assisted her and held the male until police arrived. The other two males did not stop. The 46-year-old suspect with a Frankford address was charged with theft and related offenses.

— At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 4, the owner of the Marathon Grill, 929 Walnut St., called police when he found a gun in the pocket of a coat checked by a guest attending a party at that location. Sixth District Officer Loggia responded and, while he was taking possession of the gun, a male returned to claim the coat. The 22-year-old suspect with a local address did not have a permit to carry a handgun and was arrested and charged with weapons offenses.


— Citation issued 5:40 p.m. Oct. 31 at 1200 Locust St.

— Citations issued 6:25 p.m. Nov. 1 at 1200 Locust St. and 7:40 p.m. at 1324 Walnut St.

— At 11:55 p.m. Nov. 4, an 18-year-old male with a West Philadelphia address was observed climbing over the wall to an enclosed rear yard of a residence in the 1300 block of Pine Street. The male was issued a citation charging him with defiant trespassing.

— Citations issued 6:15 p.m. Nov. 5, 1217 Spruce St. and 6:20 p.m., 1314 Walnut St.

— Citation issued 6:05 p.m. Nov. 6, 220 S. 11th St.

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