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November 29, 2006
*** ROBBERY PATTERN ***
Since November 9, 2006, a robbery pattern has emerged mostly on the western end of the Penn patrol boundaries. The following eight incidents may have been committed by the same individual. Some of the common elements of these robberies are: - All the victims are female and college-age.
- The weapon being used by the suspect is a screwdriver.
- The descriptions of the suspect are all very similar:
Black male, late 20s to early 30s, medium-to-dark complexion with short hair, between 5'4" and 5'8" approximately 140-150 lbs., wearing a dark/black thigh-length puffy-type jacket or coat, light-colored shirt and white sneakers.
- The suspect may also have a vehicle parked in the area, which is dark in color, four-door, possibly an Oldsmobile or Buick.
INCIDENT DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS:
1) 11/9, 10:50pm, 4200 block Pine Street
A tactical task force, comprising both University of Pennsylvania Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department personnel, and supported by Drexel, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Allied Barton Security and University City District Safety Ambassadors, has been developed to address this pattern. Both covert and overt police patrols are being used. Additionally, the Division of Public Safety is utilizing virtual video patrols in the targeted area.
*** ROBBERY-SEXUAL ASSAULT PATTERN ***
THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT HAS ASKED THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS, TO FORWARD THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC.
The Special Victims Unit is investigating a possible pattern of robberies and sexual assaults of women for the following five incidents, four of which have occurred in the center city area. The description and method of operation of the suspect is similar across each case:
- Black male, early to mid-30s to 40 years-old, deep-set eyes, thin-to-average-build, light-to-medium complexion, between 5'8" - 5'10", wearing a dark-colored jacket or coat and skull cap.
- In four of the incidents, suspect was armed with handgun; in one incident, suspect indicated that he had a handgun but was not seen by the complainant.
- In each incident, the suspect approached the complainant, who was walking in each location alone, and demanded money.
- After the complainant gave the suspect money, the suspect reached into the complainants' pockets or underneath the complainant's dress and indecently assaulted each woman, and then fled on foot.
INCIDENT DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS:
1) 11/18, 6:50am, 3200 block South Street
*** FROM PENN'S DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY ***
Robbery: 11/28, 7:15pm, Penn Tower Parking Garage:
As of 11/29 at 10:30am, the University of Pennsylvania Police and the Philadelphia Police Department are investigating a strong-arm robbery incident that occurred at the above location of a Penn female employee, as being possibly related to any reported patterns of robberies.
Please remember to utilize the safety and security services offered by Penn's Division of Public Safety and the University City District, which include:
Walking Escorts: (215) 898-WALK (Walking Escort boundaries extend from 30th Street - 50th Street, Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue)
Penn Transit: (215) 898-RIDE www.upenn.edu/transportation 6pm-3am: *On-call for emergencies, 3am-7am (Penn Transit boundaries are: 50th Street - 20th Street and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue)
UPPD Detective Unit: (215) 898-4485
As a general safety precaution, please do not walk alone in isolated areas. When walking, do not listen to music or talk on the cell phone, both activities distract people from exercising caution and awareness in their environment.