Man sought in bleach attack robbery

Police are looking for a man who threw bleach into the face of a robbery victim May 15 and also are seeking his alleged accomplice, who was arrested before skipping bail.

The man entered a beauty supply store on the 2400 block of Welsh Road during the morning of May 15 along with a young woman, police said. The two took some items without paying for them and left, police said. A few hours later, they returned, picked out some items and approached the counter to pay for them. When a 19-year-old woman employed at the store opened the cash register, the man threw bleach in her face. He then stole $100 and the young victim’s phone.

The man is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 160 to 170 pounds. His alleged accomplice, Debra Warren, 19, of Ruscomb Street, was taken into custody on May 16. According to online court records, she posted $250 bail on May 23 but failed to appear for a June 3 preliminary hearing. She is charged with assault, robbery and related offenses.

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To submit a tip by telephone, dial 215–686-TIPS (8477). Information can be phoned in to Detective James Severa at Northeast Detectives at 215–686–3153 or 3154. ••