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Tires slashed on more than a dozen cars near Farragut and Locust

Posted on 09 October 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com

Police are searching for the person or people who slashed tires on 13 vehicles parked on the 200 block of S. Farragut and 4600 block of Locust on Wednesday. Many of the vehicles had multiple tires slashed and several also had scratches to the doors, according to a police report. Police say it appears the vandalism took place between 2 and 7:30 a.m., when the damage was discovered.

There were multiple tire slashings in the area in early January 2013 when more than 50 vehicles were damaged near 49th/50th and Hazel. A 27-year-old man was arrested later that month in connection with the slashings.

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Police investigate deadly shooting at 52nd and Delancey

Posted on 06 October 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com

Police are investigating a shooting outside of Cousin Danny’s Exotic Haven & Lounge at 52nd and Delancey, which left one person dead and two wounded. The shooting happened shortly after midnight on Sunday. One of the victims, a 25-year-old man, was shot multiple times and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He died of his wounds several hours later. The second victim, a 47-year-old man, was shot in both legs and was listed in stable condition on Sunday. The man told police that he was walking on the 5200 block of Delancey when he heard the gunshots and was struck twice. He was able to walk after being shot and flagged down police nearby.

The third victim, a 24-year-old man, was found at Mercy Hospital where he walked after being shot once in his right leg.

Currently, the details of what led to the shooting are not available as the investigation continues.

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Burglary suspect hangs around scene a little too long

Posted on 03 October 2014 by Mike Lyons

This one was about as easy as it gets for police. A resident on the 4300 block of Baltimore Avenue reported a burglary after she was awoken just before 2 a.m. on Thursday by noises and a first floor security alarm.

The resident found a window open, several thousand dollars worth items missing from the first floor of the house and cinder blocks stacked outside below the window. Police arrived to find many of the items in an alley near the home. As the scene investigation continued, police noticed someone peering around the corner of a building on 44th Street. When the man reached for his ID after being stopped by police, an i-Phone that was later identified as the resident’s fell out of his pocket.

The man, 20-year-old Lakim McDonald of the 5600 block of Washington Ave., faces burglary and related charges.

Joe Murray of Southwest Detectives tweeted about the arrest earlier today:

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Attempted break-in reported on 4500 block of Spruce

Posted on 02 October 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com

The number of burglaries and robberies in the University City area went down over the last few months, but this report is a reminder to residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

A Spruce Hill resident reported a break-in attempt at a small building with four apartments on the 4500 block of Spruce St. The incident happened early in the morning on Wednesday, Oct. 1, between midnight and 3 a.m. and was also reported to the police. The person who wrote us about the incident is one of the tenants in the building.

“…Someone attempted to break into a building on this block (Spruce St. between 45th & 46th) between the hours of 12-3 a.m. They did serious damage to a security door but did not get inside. To our knowledge, it was not anyone known to the tenants,” she wrote in an email.

The building tenants were a little shaken up by what had happened, according to the email. They want others to know about the incident and are also asking neighbors to contact police if they saw or heard anything suspicious that night.

“Neighbors can help keep neighbors safe,” the building tenant writes. “Please be alert, and don’t hesitate to dial 911 to report suspicious activity.”

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Garden Court Eatery is robbed, third time this year

Posted on 29 September 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com

There was a gunpoint robbery at the Garden Court Eatery (4725 Pine St) over the weekend. Police say two men robbed the store on Saturday, Sept 27, around 9:30 p.m. One man, armed with a black handgun and with his face covered with black garb, entered the store, jumped over the counter, pointed the gun at a female employee and told her to open the register. When she opened the register, the man took cash and fled.

The suspect ran across the street toward an alleyway. He approached the store from the same direction, police say.

Another man, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood covering his face, stood at the entrance until the first man finished the robbery and then fled in the same direction, according to police.

The armed suspect had a black backpack with “Sugar House Casino” written on it and was wearing white gloves, according to police. Police say they have surveillance video of the robbery, which they should release soon (we’ll keep you updated).

This is the third gunpoint robbery of the Garden Court Eatery this year. The previous two robberies took place in January and February.

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Police investigating suspicious death of 21-year-old female Penn student at 40th and Sansom

Posted on 29 September 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com

Police are investigating the death of 21-year-old Penn student whose body was found in a three-story student boarding house near 40th and Sansom.

Police say roommates discovered Amanda Hu on Sunday night, at around 11:30 p.m., in her bedroom and attempted CPR. When police arrived they observed a blood spatter on the wall next to the woman, according to a police report. Hu was from near Charlotte, N.C. and was a Biochemistry major.

An empty pill bottle was found on a nearby table for 60 pills prescribed to Hu about two weeks ago for treatment of depression, according to the report. There were also two notes on her desk, one addressed to her family and one to her mental health doctor at Penn. The letters appeared to be suicide notes, according to police. The woman’s roommates told police that they heard her screaming and heard banging sounds coming from her room earlier Sunday.

Police said they are treating the death as suspicious and the investigation is continuing.

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