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September 1, 2014, 7:37 am

Taxi driver beaten, robbed in SW Philly

Police have arrested and charged Nahfeeh Williams, 18, and Dawald Williams, 25, of the 2000 block of Mifflin Street in connection with the robbery of a taxi driver in Eastwick.

On Feb. 14, a 53-year old cab driver was sitting in his taxi waiting for fares when he was approached by two males who asked to be taken to Island Avenue and Lindbergh Boulevard.

When the driver pulled over at the destination, one suspect wrapped a belt around his neck and began choking him, while the second suspect took his wallet which contained $100, identification and debit cards.

The suspects then forced him into the trunk of the taxi cab and severely beat him into giving them his security codes. The suspects then locked the taxi driver in the trunk of his vehicle and fled on foot.

On Feb. 17, detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from inside the 69th Street SEPTA Terminal which captured the suspects entering the taxi cab. On Feb. 19, after releasing the surveillance video to the news media and the public, Southwest Detectives received a tip alerting them that the suspects were inside an apartment on Copley Road in Upper Darby. When detectives arrived at this location, they arrested the suspects.

Philadelphia police have also announced the arrests of various robbery suspects.

Miguel Brooks, 20, of the 600 block of West Allegheny Avenue has been arrested for multiple robberies of Rite Aid pharmacies located at 260 West Lehigh Ave. and 33 East Allegheny Ave. in Kensington.

Police have arrested Tony Allen, 45, of the 3100 block of 29th Street, in connection with multiple burglaries of the Progressive Food Market located at 5141 Germantown Ave. in Germantown.

Paul Brown, 20, of the 2600 block of Gerritt Street has been arrested for a robbery of the 29th Street Mini Market at 1300 South 28th St. in Grays Ferry.

Michael Perez, 41, has been arrested for multiple burglaries of a Dunkin Donuts located at 917 West Girard Ave. and Sole Control located at 1050 North Hancock St.

Police are also seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in various robbery incidents.

The FBI/PPD Violent Crime Task Force is searching for the suspect who robbed a Republic Bank in Rittenhouse.

On Feb.19 at 9:35 a.m., an unknown male entered the Republic Bank located at 1818 Market St. and presented the teller with a threatening demand note. After taking an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled on foot east on Market Street.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 30, 6’0”, slender build, goatee/stubble, wearing a dark knit cap, brown coat and black sunglasses.

Police are also searching for a suspect who snatched a purse in South Philadelphia.

On Feb. 12 at 11:40 a.m., a 53-year old female was walking on the 800 block of Ritner Street when an unknown man approached her from behind and grabbed her purse. After a brief struggle, the suspect snatched the purse and ran east of Ritner Street.

The suspect is described as a male of unknown race and medium build. He was wearing a black coat with fur around the hood, dark colored hat, blue jeans and white shoes.

Detectives are also seeking two suspects who robbed a grocery store in Girard Estates. On Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. two unknown males entered NaNa’s Grocery Store at 1826 South 20th St. One of the suspects, who was armed with a gun, stood by the door while the second suspect approached the counter and demanded money. The second suspect jumped on the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, 18 to 20, who is 5’5”, with a dark complexion. He was wearing black and grey striped jacket and dark jeans.

The second suspect is described as a Black male, 18 to 20, who is 5’9,” with a dark complexion. He was wearing a blue jacket, black hooded sweatshirt and a white ski mask.

A surveillance video of the suspects can be viewed by visiting the Philadelphia Police YouTube Channel or http://phillypolice.com/news.

To submit a tip call (215) 686-8477 or PPD TIP or 773847.