Law enforcement authorities said they have arrested one suspect and are looking for two more in connection with a home invasion in North Philadelphia in which some Temple University students were robbed Sunday night, April 29.
But law enforcement authorities also took one of the alleged victims into custody too, charging him with drug offenses.
According to investigators, the students lived in an off-campus residence in the 1500 block of Page Street. At around 9:30 p.m., three young intruders wearing hoodies entered the home at gunpoint, stealing several cell phones, drugs and an undisclosed amount of money. Shortly after the incident, police arrested one of the suspects at 16th and Montgomery streets. On Monday afternoon, authorities announced one of the victims had also been arrested.
The investigation also continues into an unrelated home invasion that took place in the city’s Wynnefield section where the victims were targeted by their attackers, who stole several thousand dollars in cash.
On Wednesday, April 25, at around 1:30 a.m. in the 5300 block of Morse Street, the victims were approached from behind by two young Black males who demanded their money and valuables.
When the suspects entered the victim’s residence they ransacked the house, stealing several thousand dollars in cash. No one was injured in the robbery and investigators suspect the victims were followed to their home from the water ice business they run in Upper Darby.
As of Tribune press time, no arrests have been made.
In another unrelated robbery investigation, police say tips from the public led to the arrest of an armed robber who stole $200 from the victim.
On March 22, in the 2400 block of East Butler Street, the victim was approached by an unknown male armed with a knife who demanded money. After a brief struggle, the suspect took $200 in cash from the victim and fled. On April 11, surveillance video was released to the media and aired on local news stations. Within days, the Philadelphia Police Department received an anonymous tip leading to the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Walter Matela. Matela was arrested on April 25 and charged with robbery and related offenses.