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Northeast GameStop store held up at gunpoint

Police are searching for two men, including a 60-year-old, who held up a Northeast GameStop store at gunpoint on Monday.

The first bandit entered the store at Roosevelt Boulevard and Tremont Street shortly after 4 p.m., walked behind a sales counter and ordered a clerk to open the cash register, police said. Moments later, the second male entered the store, pointed a shotgun at a second clerk and ordered him to open a second register.

The gunmen also threatened a third employee and grabbed additional cash from a store safe before fleeing on foot, police said.

The first suspect was described as 60 years old, black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and thin. He had a gray beard and wore a red Phillies cap.

The second suspect is “considerably younger” than the first, police said. He is black and about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He wore a ski mask and had multiple tattoos on both arms.

Call Northeast Detectives at 215–686–3153 to report information about the crime. ••

Woman sexually assaulted in Pennypack Park

Detectives from the Philadelphia police special victims unit are investigating the sexual attack of a 55-year-old woman in Pennypack Park early on Thursday.

The victim told police that she was riding her bicycle on the 3000 block of Rhawn St. at about 12:30 a.m. when a man grabbed her from behind, threw her over a guardrail and pulled her into the woods.

The attacker used his hands to cover the woman’s mouth and nose until she passed out. When she regained consciousness, she found herself alone and naked except for her shoes, although she doesn’t recall being assaulted sexually.

Her blue shorts and white T-shirt has been taken, along with her blue mountain bike (with a female frame), a brown backpack containing several IDs, a Metro PCS mobile phone and a small amount of cash.

The suspect is white, 30 to 35 years old and 6 feet tall. He has a medium build and light skin and was clean-shaven.

Although other unsolved sexual assaults have occurred in various sections of Pennypack Park in recent years, investigators have established no definitive link among this crime and others.

Call 911 to report information about the crime. ••

Two Northeast men stabbed during brawl with teenagers

A fight among teenagers outside of a Parkwood convenience store led to the hospitalization of two older men with non-lethal stab wounds on June 16.

The victims were ages 28 and 38, according to Philadelphia police.

The older man reported that he received a telephone call at about 9:30 p.m. during which his son told him that he had been involved in a fight with a group of unknown teens near Academy and Byberry roads.

The father and the 28-year-old friend drove to the intersection to pick up the son. When they got there, the son pointed out the unknown youths who allegedly had attacked him and were standing outside of the 7-Eleven at 3244 Byberry Road.

Another fight ensued involving the older men and about six to 10 teens or young adults. During the struggle, the 38-year-old suffered a cut to his right side, while the 28-year-old suffered a cut to his abdomen.

They drove themselves to Aria Health-Torresdale, where each was treated and released that night.

Police have not released the names of the victims or descriptions of the suspected attackers. ••

Police shoot driver who tried to run down officer

Philadelphia police reportedly shot a man on a Frankford street on Friday after he allegedly dropped off two other shooting victims at a hospital, then tried to run down a police officer with his car.

The Northeast Times was awaiting an official comment from the police department at press time. According to published reports, the episode began at about 2 a.m. when two men were wounded by gunfire near Hawthorne and Dyre streets.

The men, who were shot in the hip and chin, respectively, were driven to the emergency room at Aria Health-Frankford in a private vehicle, which promptly left the hospital.

Police followed the civilian vehicle, described in one report as a Chevy Suburban, to Duffield Street, near Dyre, where the driver allegedly tried to hit an officer who was on foot. The officer fired his gun at the vehicle, striking the driver in the arm.

The vehicle continued to Hawthorne and Bridge streets, where police stopped and arrested the wounded driver. ••

Police nab suspects in robbery of Cottman Avenue bank

Police officers from the 2nd district nabbed a trio of suspected bank robbers minutes after the alleged heist last Thursday.

At about 1:15 p.m., the masked men held up the PNC Bank at 2200 Cottman Ave. at gunpoint, police said.

As the suspects attempted to flee on foot in various directions, police spotted and arrested them separately, recovering more than $17,000 in stolen cash and three BB guns, according to the FBI.

Authorities identified the suspects as Victor Beckwith, Durrell Brown and Lawrence Brown. Their ages and addresses were not released. ••

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