Man appears to have been beaten to death in apartment near 42nd and Chester

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Mike Lyons

Homicide detectives are looking for clues in the death of a 60-year-old man who was discovered Monday morning inside his apartment near 42nd and Chester.

Police say Theodore Hudson III was found at about 10 a.m. by a co-worker (Philadelphia Daily News interviewed him) in his basement apartment. Blood-covered dumbells were found near his body, according to a police report. His apartment had been ransacked and the front door was closed but unlocked.

So far police don’t have any suspects or motives.

Anyone with information can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or 3335.


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UCD reports spike in robberies, burglaries

Posted on 12 November 2014 by

A recent crime update distributed by the University City District is a reason for concern. After several calm months, UCD is reporting a “substantial spike” in robberies and residential burglaries in the area last month. Overall, 47 serious crimes were committed in the UCD service area in October, according to the report (see map below). Arrests related to 10 of these crimes were made.

There were 11 armed and 12 unarmed robberies and 23 residential burglaries in October. Most of the burglaries took place in Spruce Hill (between Spruce St and Baltimore Ave). Arrests were made in relation to four of these burglaries. It’s worth mentioning that the previous worst month in terms of residential burglaries this year was March when over 30 burglary incidents were reported.

In addition to serious crimes, UCD also reports a large number of thefts from vehicles last month, which may be tied to several large events being held in the area.

Since days are getting shorter and most of robberies happen at night, please stay alert when walking or running after dark.


Serious Crimes in October, 2014 (courtesy of UCD).

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‘Cherry bomb’ thrown inside Milk & Honey Market

Posted on 11 November 2014 by

A large firecracker was tossed into Milk and Honey Market (45th and Baltimore) tonight, according to various reports. The incident happened around 6 p.m. when an unidentified person threw the firecracker, described as a “cherry bomb,” inside the shop through the open door and ran away. It went off right inside the front door area and filled the place with smoke, according to witnesses. There were customers inside the shop when the incident took place. Black marks could be seen on the wood floor where the device exploded.

Milk and Honey owner Annie Baum Stein says that it was “crazy” but “everyone and everything is fine.” Both the police and UCD responded to her call immediately after the incident and the staff did a great job calming the customers and securing the store.

There’s no more information available at this time.

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Woodlands Cemetery vandalized; police searching for teenage suspects

Posted on 11 November 2014 by

Vandalism Woodlands Cemetery

The historic Woodlands Cemetery was holding a Veterans Day celebration earlier today, but this report, unfortunately, is about despicable acts that took place this week at the cemetery. The Woodlands’ executive director Jessica Baumert writes that vandalism was reported and witnessed at The Woodlands on Sunday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 11. Both incidents happened during the daytime, and there are reasons to believe that the same people were involved in each incident.

Police are searching for the following individuals:

White, male teenager (< 18 years), tall (± 6′), well built with a mop of black hair, pale complexion, large mouth, dark eyes, wearing a black zip-up jacket and black pants.

White (maybe Hispanic) female teenager (< 18 years), petite (< 5′ 4″) with long, straight, dark brown hair, olive complexion and dark eyes, wearing a brown (possibly leather) jacket and blue jeans.

On Sunday, there was an additional male. His description is not provided.

If you see people that fit this description on the grounds of The Woodlands, please call 911 and report it to the police immediately. Do not confront these individuals.

If you have additional information or witnessed any suspicious activity, please contact Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183 or

(Photo courtesy of The Woodlands)

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Mid-morning mugging near 49th and Windsor (Update: Suspect caught)

Posted on 29 October 2014 by

UPDATE (10/29/14, 1:30 p.m.): The robbery suspect is in custody, according to police. He was caught thanks to a 911 call from a person who saw the stillshot from the video posted by police, showing a young man wearing a red and blue jacket.

(Tuesday, 10/28/14): A woman was mugged this morning on Windsor Ave between 48th and 49th Streets, according to various reports. The incident took place shortly before 10 a.m. An unknown man ran up behind the woman and knocked her down, according to a neighbor report. He was unarmed, according to police. The man, who was wearing a blue windbreaker with a red stripe on the hood, got away with a small amount of cash.

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18-year-old arrested after home invasions on S. 47th, S. 48th Streets

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Mike Lyons

Police arrested an 18-year-old man early this morning following two confrontational home invasions on the 400 block of S. 47th St. and the 500 block of S. 48th.

Police say a woman awoke at a home on the 400 block of S. 47th at about 3 a.m. after she heard someone walking in the hallway. She told police that a young male, who broke in through the front door, entered her bedroom and demanded money. The man fled the home with the victim’s iPhone. She was able to track the phone to an area near 48th and Larchwood using a phone tracking app, according to a police report.

About 20 minutes later a man on the 500 block of S. 48th Street awoke to a young man slapping him in the face, demanding money and threatening to shoot him. The victim and suspect went down to the first floor of the home where the victim took out his phone and attempted to call police, according to the police report. The suspect grabbed his phone and broke it. The victim then grabbed his work phone and tried to call, but the suspect broke that phone as well. The victim gave the suspect cash and the suspect ordered him to return to the second floor. When the victim refused the suspect began swinging a ladder at him before fleeing the home. The victim sustained minor injuries in this confrontation, police said.

Police apprehended the man near the home. They said that no weapon was found when the suspect was caught.

Police have not released the name of the young man, who lives on the 4800 block of Walton St. They say he may be involved in a recent string of armed robberies in the area as well.

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