Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, District Attorney Seth Williams and leaders from the city and region’s Muslim community announced a $20,000 reward for any information leading to the arrests and convictions of people who commit crimes while dressed in female Islamic garments.
According to police, there have been a series of murders and robberies where the suspects were dressed in Muslim women’s attire. A barber in Upper Darby was gunned down last week, and a Wells Fargo Bank branch on Adams Avenue was recently robbed by suspects dressed as Muslim women to hide their identities.
“I stand with the leaders of the Majlish Ash Shura in condemning such gutless actions by these individuals,” Councilman Jones said in a press release. “These actions are in direct opposition to the Islamic way of life, and I hope these criminals are brought to justice as soon as possible,” said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
On March 20, just before 12:30 p.m., two suspects entered a Sovereign Bank branch office at 8310 Stenton Avenue dressed in female Muslim clothing. After presenting a threatening demand note they fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. The same suspects are believed to have hit a Wells Fargo Bank located at 700 Adams Avenue on April 4.
“I have a message for all the violent criminals in the city,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “You can’t hide we will find you, and when we do you will go to jail for a long time.”
In an unrelated criminal investigation, law enforcement authorities said a 54-year-old blind woman was the victim of a home invasion in which she suffered several injuries early Monday morning in the city’s Wynnefield Heights section.
Police said the assailant came through an open door of the residence and attacked the victim, choking her and then throwing her down a flight of steps. The woman’s seeing-eye dog used a special device to contact police and the assailant fled the scene.