Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who attacked and robbed a 94-year-old woman this week.
According to police, on April 8 at 2:10 pm, the victim, a 94-year-old female was walking home from Bells Corner Supermarket on the 8300 block of Loretto Avenue when an unknown male began following her. The suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed the victim’s pocketbook, pulling her to the ground, and fled in an unknown direction. The victim suffered a broken arm and multiple cuts and bruises resulting from the robbery.
The suspect is a white male approximately 6 feet tall, between 175 and 185 pounds and was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. Anyone who can identify the perpetrator should immediately call police.
In an unrelated murder investigation, the search continues for an armed and dangerous suspect who murdered two people inside the Corral bar last Friday.
An arrest warrant was issued for Tyheem Melton of the 6400 block of Race Street. Melton is wanted for the murders of Troy Wimberly, 38, and Crystal Shadding, 43.
According to homicide detectives, the incident happened on Friday, April 6, just after 1:30 a.m. inside the Corral Bar, at 5231 Market St. Police from the 16th District rushed to that location in response to a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found Wimberly and Shadding dying from gunshot wounds. Shadding, from the 7100 block of Theodore Street, was pronounced dead at the scene. Wimberly was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m.
Melton has a history of previous arrests and incarcerations for aggravated assault, drugs, driving under the influence, possessing an instrument of crime and weapons offenses. Law enforcement authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information concerning his location should call the Homicide Unit at (215) 686-3334/3335/3336, or just call 911.
In another unrelated homicide investigation, police are looking for suspects in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Black man in Southwest Philadelphia.
Police from the 12th District were called to the 5300 block of Greenway Avenue when a group of young Black males started shooting at each other. Markel Wright, of the 1900 block of South 52nd Street was struck in the chest. Wright was unarmed, and so far police are not certain if he was involved in the shooting or was an unintended target. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 6:05 p.m.
In another unrelated criminal investigation the Philadelphia Police Department has received three reports of suspects impersonating utility workers in South Philadelphia. The first crime occurred on April 5 at 1 p.m. on the 1800 block of South 15th Street. A male knocked on the victim’s door, identified himself as a PECO worker, and stated he was looking for faulty outlets. The suspect was allowed in the residence and left without incident. Two days later, on April 7, a different male went to the same residence and stated he was there to fix the faulty outlets that his coworker previously found. This suspect was assumed to be doing work and left after a short time. The victim later noticed jewelry and checks missing from a bedroom in the residence.
A similar incident occurred on April 5, 2012, at 2pm on the 300 block of Ritner Street. During this incident, a male and female knocked on the victim’s door, identified themselves as city workers and stated that they needed to check for faulty outlets. These suspects entered the residence and stole $1,000 in cash.
Citizens are urged to check the identification of anyone claiming to be from a utility company. PECO workers, specifically, are required to carry an ID badge with the PECO logo and the employee’s photo. They are also required to wear a navy blue or orange shirt with the PECO logo. If you are still uncomfortable, call the utility provider in question to verify the worker’s identity before unlocking the door.