The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the 6th Police District between April 14-21. 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 www.phillypolice.com or call 215-686-TIPS (8477).
— Between 7:30 p.m. April 14 and 7:45 p.m. April 15, someone stole a laptop from an apartment in the 300 block of South 13th Street. There was no forced entry into premises, although the resident was in the process of moving. Sixth District Officer Maiorano attempted to lift fingerprints. — At 10:40 p.m. April 15, a man was walking in the 200 block of South Jessup Street when two males accosted him, grabbed him around his neck and took his wallet from his pocket before fleeing south. About one hour later, a man walking in the 800 block of Pine Street was confronted by two males who verbally demanded his laptop and wallet and fled west. The suspects were described similarly in both incidents as black males: The first was 6-foot-1, wearing a dark gray hoodie and the second was wearing all dark clothing. — Between 10 p.m. April 16 and 8:30 a.m. April 17, someone smashed the window of a Ford truck parked in the 300 block of South Ninth Street and stole an iPad. Sixth District Officer Minnis attempted to lift fingerprints. — Between 12:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 17, someone stole a secured bicycle from outside 300 S. Quince St. — Between 3-11 p.m. April 18, someone smashed the window of a 2007 Audi that was parked in the 300 block of South Eighth Street and stole a gym bag. The incident was reported to the Third District, and no fingerprints were lifted. — Between 7-8 p.m. April 20, someone stole a secured bicycle from outside 13th and Chestnut streets. — At 4 p.m. April 21, a woman was walking in the subway concourse at 1000 Market St. when a male came from behind and put his hand under her blouse. The woman got on a train and reported the incident to the 25th District. The suspect was described as a white male, 25-30, 5-foot-9, about 160 pounds, with black hair, wearing black shorts and a blue shirt.
— At 5 p.m. April 15, a man on a bicycle stole a woman’s gold chain from her neck outside 1200 Market St. and then fled north on 11th Street. Off-duty 6th District Officer Rossi witnessed the incident, gave chase and called 911, providing a description. Sixth District Officer Downey apprehended a suspect at 12th and Wood streets. A 52-year-old man with a North Philadelphia address was charged with robbery and related offenses. — At 4:25 p.m. April 16, 6th District bike patrol Officer Blackburn arrested a male outside 1300 Market St. who was wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear for court. The 53-year-old homeless suspect was charged with contempt of court. — At 4:05 p.m. April 18, 6th District foot-beat Officer Duncan arrested a male outside 1300 Chestnut St. who was wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear for court. The 30-year-old homeless suspect was charged with contempt of court. — On April 18, 6th District plainclothes officers made three arrests for prostitution: at 9:55 p.m. outside 1301 Lombard St., and at 10:05 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. outside 200 S. 12th St. — On April 20, in an apartment in the area of 12th and Spruce streets, a complainant was indecently assaulted while asleep by an acquaintance who was staying the night. The suspect was arrested at their place of employment the next morning and charged with aggravated indecent assault. — At 3:55 p.m. April 20, an employee of a store inside the Gallery, 1001 Market St., reported that a male grabbed her buttocks, made a remark and then walked away. The victim alerted store security, who gave a description over the radio. Center City District officers working the Gallery beat stopped a suspect, who was positively identified. A 28-year-old man with a North Philadelphia address is facing indecent assault charges. — At 5:55 p.m. April 20, 6th District Officer Cash observed a male running a three-card Monte game outside 1227 Chestnut St. The male fled when he saw the police but was apprehended a short distance away. The 51-year-old suspect with a West Philadelphia address was charged with gambling on the highway. — At 12:10 a.m. April 21, three complainants were walking in the 1300 block of Market Street when three males, simulating having a weapon, demanded their cell phones and cash and then fled north on 13th Street. Officers from the Highway Patrol stopped three males at 17th and Arch streets and they were positively identified. The victims’ belongings were recovered and returned. The suspects, ages 21, 23 and 25, all with North Philadelphia addresses, were charged with robbery and related offenses.