13 Year Old Philly Kid Goes on Robbery Spree
Tips from the public helped police to identify the 13 year old suspect. On Wednesday morning he was tracked down at a local deli and arrested.
Officials say the suspect is a young boy who only turned 13 a few weeks ago. He has previous robbery arrests.
CBS Philly reporting:
On Tuesday, police told Eyewitness News the gun-toting suspect had victimized five people in less than 24 hours.
But that was not the most shocking part of this crime spree. What had everyone talking is how young the suspect looked.
“About 12 years old? Quite young. Very young.”
Eyewitness News spoke to one of the victims. For her protection, we are not identifying her.
“Suddenly a guy comes up to me from behind on a bicycle, a school kid in fact.”
She says it happened to her in broad daylight, the suspect demanded money.
“I mean I was stunned. I said no and then he pulled out a gun and pointed it towards me.”
Police say the first report was called in late Monday night at around 9PM, and the last report at about 3PM on Tuesday afternoon.
Lt. John Walker says the boy robber “approaches the victims, asks what time it is at which time, he pulls out a gun and asks for money and in all five cases, believe it or not, the victims said they don’t have any money and the male rolled off.”
One victim says, “I could have easily handled him but because of the gun he had in his hand I couldn’t do anything.”
Police say they wanted to catch the thief early because they were worried that he might panic and hurt someone.
“Our concern is the victims have all described the gun, he does pull out. So we’re concerned that now he has five victims in a short period of time, he hasn’t received any money and is he or is he not going to get any more aggressive?” Lt. Walker said.
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