Teen who tried to mug undercover cop confesses to recent robberies

March 12, 2014

Editor’s Note: We chose not to publish the name of the teenager involved in this case. We take into account the severity of the crime, whether they are charged as an adult and a suspect’s previous record when we make that decision.

Police arrested a 16-year-old early after he tried to rob an undercover police officer at gunpoint near 47th and Springfield on Monday night. The teen also confessed to a string of recent robberies in the crimeneighborhood, according to police.

Police say four undercover officers were patrolling (two on foot and two in an unmarked car) on 47th Street when a male started following one of the officers at about midnight. Near 48th and Springfield, the young man came up behind the officer, “put a silver handgun to his head” and shouted “Give it up. Just give it to me. Give it to me,” according to a police report.

The officer handed over an iPhone and as the young man pulled the gun away from his head, the officer hit it with his elbow, knocking the gun to the ground.

According to the police report:

“The male … began to struggle with the officer by punching and kicking him. They fell to the ground where the male continued to kick and swing at the officer until the other officers came to his assistance and were finally able to get the male into custody.”

The officer was treated for cuts at Mercy Hospital and released.

Although the gun looked authentic, it was a replica that did not fire, according to the report.

The male, whose name we are not publishing, was charged with assaulting a police officer and robbery.

Police say that the male also confessed to three other robberies on Sunday and Monday in the neighborhood, including one at 45th and Spruce, with two other teens.

Police listed the teen arrested during the robbery of the police officer as living on the 1300 block of Ellsworth Street in South Philly. He had no previous record.


10 Comments For This Post

  1. Fred Walton Says:


  2. helix Says:


  3. Steve on 45th Says:

    Loser. Good job, officers.

  4. Andy L. Says:

    For Philly’s sake, we need to get more of these kids on a better path before they make this many dumb mistakes. He’s made a mess for himself now.

    In related news, PD posted video of the robbery at Garden Court Eatery:

  5. Alex S Says:

    Imagine being an undercover officer just walking around waiting to be robbed at gunpoint so you can wrestle a gun away and get beat up. Way to be, UCD! Good on ya!

  6. Adam Says:

    Is there any way to know of this is the same pellet gun kid from a few years ago?

  7. Chris Says:

    I would like to personally thank our local officers who stick their own necks out to help our neighborhood. That could have been bad situation real quick if that kid had his own backup. I’m glad to see this crime spree was thwarted quickly as this poor confused kid could have really hurt somebody or his self. I hope this young man learns the danger his life was in going down that path and finds the help he needs not in a penitentiary thug factory but in personal counseling and social rehabilitation. Thanks again brave officers

  8. Margie Says:

    Alex, this article doesn’t say it was a UCD officer. It says it was police.

  9. Editor Says:

    Yes, we should have been more clear; This was PPD. With all due respect, they don’t pay the UCD folks enough to take on a armed teenager.

  10. Editor Says:

    We closed the comments. Unfortunately, these stories often bring out the worst in people. And trolls.

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