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July 10, 2014, 9:46 pm

Feds tout decline in violent crime

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, the number of violent crimes in the United States has continued to decline in 2010.

The UCR also showed that the number of property crimes also fell for the eighth straight year, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“Our federal law enforcement agents continue to make progress on one of our core objectives, which is fighting violent crime across this country,” Holder said in a press release on Monday. “Working with our state, local and tribal partners, federal prosecutors and agents have increased community participation in our shared efforts to hold accountable those whose illegal actions bring fear into neighborhoods. We’ve targeted gang leadership in communities from Florida to New York, and from Tennessee to North Carolina. We’ve renewed our commitment to fighting organized crime, whether it is traditional La Cosa Nostra or Mexican drug cartels. Each crime that is solved, each victim that is helped and each criminal act that is prevented before it even occurs — all combine to create better law enforcement and most importantly, safer communities.”

According to the report, in 2010, murder and non-negligent manslaughter declined 4.2 percent. Forcible rape declined by 5 percent. Robbery declined by 10 percent and aggravated assault decreased by 4.1 percent. For the year 2010 there were an estimated 1,246,248 violent crimes in the U.S.

In an unrelated criminal investigation, Philadelphia police are on the hunt for a pair of robbers who hit a Metro PCS cell phone store back on September 16.

Investigators are looking for two young Black males who entered the store, located on the 3700 block of North Broad Street around 4 p.m.

Investigators said the two suspects asked to see a phone and when the attendant turned around, one of the suspects had pulled a handgun and demanded money. The suspects stole $130 in cash and fled the store on foot.

The first suspect is described as a Black male, approximately 21 years old, 5 feet 5 inches in height and is between 140 and 150 lbs. He was wearing a light Polo hat and a dark hoodie. The second suspect is a described as a Black male, approximately 21 years old, standing 6 feet tall and approximately 160 lbs. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with knowledge of these suspects is urged to call police. You do not have to give your name.

In another unrelated criminal investigation police with Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit reported they have arrested a pair of teens in connection with a robbery and rape in Southwest Philadelphia last Tuesday.

One of the suspects, originally thought to have been a 13-year-old boy turned out to be an 18-year-old female. Authorities have not released the names of the suspects yet.

Authorities said the suspects robbed a couple in the vicinity of 48th Street and Springfield Avenue around 10 p.m. at gunpoint. The male suspect then forced the couple into an alley where he allegedly raped the woman. The female suspect, after asking that he stop, fled the scene.

Capt. John Darby said an intensive investigation by a joint task force is responsible for the arrests. The male suspect is believed to be responsible for at least 19 other robberies.