Employee videos suspicious customer, who steals money and hats


S. Broadway, 800 block, May 13, 7:30 p.m. According to the store, the suspect entered and asked to return a hat that his mother purchased for his brother. Suspicious of the suspect’s strange behavior, the victim started taping him with his cell phone. The suspect came over to the victim and, displaying a knife, demanded the money from the register. He then pushed the victim into a stock closet. The suspect took money and hats before fleeing the store. He was later found and arrested.

N. Ellwood Ave., unit block, May 12, 2:10 a.m. A man told police that he was walking home and talking on his cell phone when three male suspects approached. The victim quickly put his phone in his pocket; one of the suspects said, “Give me your phone.” The suspects assaulted the victim and one of them put a knife to his cheek. The victim’s family members pulled him inside his house. See related report under “Aggravated Assault.”

S. Robinson St., 100 block, May 12, 3:21 a.m. The victim, a car service employee, said that two men entered the vehicle and asked to go to the location. One suspect asked the  driver if he had change for a 50-dollar bill. He didn’t. One of the suspects put the driver in a headlock; the other demanded money. The driver handed over his cash. One of the suspects asked for more money, and told the driver he would shoot him if he didn’t comply. The suspect took the driver’s cell phone, telling him it was a slow night.

E. Lombard St., 3800 block, May 16, 12:01 a.m. A man told police that he was walking to the grocery store when he saw three men at the bus stop. One demanded his money and began assaulting him. The suspects took his property from his pockets and fled.

Eastern Ave., 6800 block, May 16, 3 p.m. A man told police he was walking to the bus stop when the suspects approached. Two men asked the victim if he had a cell phone or money. The victim said “no,” and one of the suspects tried to pull the backpack off his back. The suspect managed to hang onto it. One of the suspects pulled out a knife and made a stabbing motion toward the victim; both suspects then fled.

N. Conkling St., 200 block, May 17, 11:42 a.m. A woman told police that the suspect approached her and attacked her, demanding medicine and money. The suspect hit the victim in the face several times and then hit her with a brick. The suspect picked up cell phones and fled; she was later arrested on a warrant.

S. Linwood Ave., 100 block, May 18, 3 p.m. A man told police he was walking the block when he came upon the two suspects, who were sitting on the stoop of a house. The suspects stepped in front of the victim and pushed him. One displayed what appeared to be a black handgun in his waistband. The suspects went through the victim’s pockets, taking a cell phone, pocket knife, and $448 in cash. The suspects were later located and arrested.

Eastern Ave., 2500 block, May 18, 10:45 p.m. A woman told police she was walking west on Eastern Ave. when an unknown man attacked her from behind, put her in a headlock, pulled her to the ground, and grabbed her Coach wrist wallet and iPhone. The suspect warned her not to look at him; he took her property and fled.


McElderry St., 2900 block, May 13, 11:30 a.m. A woman told police that someone entered via an unsecured rear door and took property.

Albemarle St., 200 block, May 13, 2:50 p.m. A woman told police that someone entered her home, took property, and left. The front door may have been left unsecured.

N. Glover St., 600 block, May 13, 9:32 p.m. Officers received a call for two suspects breaking into a location. Upon arrival, officers found two men hiding behind a wooden board near the basement door. The suspects had tools with them. They were arrested.

N. Clinton St., unit block, May 14, 5 a.m. A woman said she was upstairs when two men forced open her rear door. She went downstairs; they fled when they saw her. No property was taken.

Railway Ave., 6700 block, May 14, 2 p.m. A woman told police that she left her home secured. She returned to find that someone had cut the screen to her basement window, opened the window, taken a large TV, and fled.

N. Luzerne Ave., 200 block, May 15, 10 a.m. A man said that he returned to his home to discover his bedroom door and window open and his laptop, air conditioner, phone, and $400 missing. The suspect had entered after removing the air conditioner from the window.

Douglas Ct., 200 block, May 16, 5 p.m. A woman told police that she came home and found that a small window to the front door was broken out. The door was found unlocked; no property was taken.

Eastbourne Ave., 6500 block, May 17, 4:30 p.m. An unknown suspect kicked in the rear door to the residence and took a pocket knife from the living room. The complainant said that the upstairs bedroom also had signs of ransacking.

Aggravated Assault

N. Ellwood Ave., unit block, May 12, 2:10 a.m. A woman told police that her brother was being robbed by three men (see first entry under “Robbery”) when she and her mother pulled him into their home. The mother and sister stepped out to get a good look at the suspects. Two of them approached, and one held a knife toward the women in a threatening manner. The women went back into the house and shut the door. They later heard knocking, but did not answer.

Rappolla St., 600 block, May 13, 12:10 a.m. The victim said that during an argument his girlfriend picked up a kitchen knife and swung it at him and told him she would kill him. She was arrested.

N. Glover St., 500 block, May 15, 6:44 p.m. Officers responded to a shooting and found the 19-year-old victim lying between two cars. He had two wounds to the lower back and was sent to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Bank St., 1500 block, May 18, 1:15 a.m. Officers responded to an assault call and found the male victim with abrasions to the head, face and arms. The victim was highly intoxicated and had no ID. He refused to speak with police and had to be restrained in the ambulance. A witness said that he saw the victim get into a dispute with another man, who hit him with a bottle and then left in a white four-door. A citiwatch camera showed the vehicle and the suspect, but not the assault.

S. Clinton St., 1100 block, May 18, 1:55 a.m. The victim was walking down the street when he passed the suspect. The suspect reportedly ran up behind him and pushed him down, causing him to strike his head and face. The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins; the suspect was arrested by patrol.

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