PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate a man in connection with several armed robberies.
Investigators say at approximately 5 p.m. on November 4, the man entered a grocery store located at 2000 North Gratz Street. He approached the counter, brandished a black revolver, and demanded money, according to police. Authorities say when a store patron attempted to intervene, the man fired his weapon, striking the patron’s right leg. Police say after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, the man fled the store. The patron was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
According to police, around 3:40 p.m. on November 5, the man entered the corner store located at 2267 North 16th Street. Investigators say he put a black revolver through an opening in the plexiglass security barrier, fired one round, and demanded money from the cashier. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the man fled the store, according to police. He was last seen heading south on 16th Street. No one was physically hurt in the robbery.
Then, around 7:15 p.m. the same day, the man entered the mini market located at 2027 North 16th Street. Police say he produced a black revolver and demanded money from a store employee. The employee was able to wrest the gun away from the subject, who then fled the store, according to investigators.
The man is described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5’9”-5’10” tall, with a beard and mustache.
This man is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about these armed robberies or this subject is urged to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. There is a reward for information leading to this subject’s capture; tipsters can remain anonymous.