Fairmount branch of Philadelphia targeted in series of armed robberies

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia police are investigating a series of armed robberies in the city’s Fairmount neighborhood.

So far there have been eight armed robberies in or around Brown Street, from 21st to 24th Street.

The most recent case occurred at 23 and Brown streets at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim fought back and the assailant fired his weapon. No one was hurt.

Victims gave different descriptions of the type of weapon. In one case, a victim said it was money. And in two other cases, it was indicated that the suspect had a black revolver.

And although police believe the suspect is linked to several of the robberies, they do not yet know if he is linked to all of the cases.

Philadelphia police have released footage of the wanted suspect.

“It looks like he’s targeting women and going for their purses,” said Capt. Colleen Billups, who leads the 9th District.

“We saw our first on June 26 and we’ve continued to get it every day or every other day. It’s early in the morning, just when people get on SEPTA to go to work, and then it’s late in the morning. at night, 10, 11, midnight,” Billups added.

Local women reacted to the series of attacks.

“I always have my cell phone with me, but I always feel safe walking around at all hours,” Lauren Elliot said.

“It’s definitely a bit scary. I’m always cautious but I usually always walk with someone,” added Chloe Polentes.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5ft 8in tall. Police say he was seen wearing distinctive blue Nike Cortez shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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