Gayborhood Crime Watch

The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between Nov. 5-13. Information is courtesy of Sixth District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association.

ARREST: At 12:50 a.m. Nov. 5, a male entered the Town Deli, 1301 Lombard St., and demanded money from the employee, pointing a gun at him. The employee recognized that the gun was a toy and ordered the male to leave. A brief struggle ensued and the male fled without taking anything. Sixth District Officer Cifelli stopped a male in the 200 block of South 13th Street fitting the description provided by the complainant, who positively identified the male, and a toy gun was recovered. The 34-year-old alleged offender with a homeless-shelter address was charged with robbery and related offenses.

ARRESTS: On Nov. 9, City Wide Vice plainclothes officers arrested two males for prostitution between 9:20-9:40 p.m. at 300 S. 13th St. and 200 S. 13th St.

REPORT: Between 6:25-8:30 a.m. Nov. 10, a 2000 GMC truck, parked in the 1300 block of Sansom Street, had a lock cut off and four bags of coins taken. Sixth District Officer McCausland attempted to lift prints.

ARRESTS: On Nov. 10, Sixth District plainclothes officers arrested seven males for obstruction of a highway related to prostitution between 10:40-11:45 p.m. at the following locations: 1200 Locust St., 1201 Lombard St., 400 S. 12th St., 1200 Spruce St., 211 S. 13th St. and 240 S. 12th St.

ARRESTS: Between 11:15-11:25 p.m. Nov. 10, Sixth District officers arrested three males, ages 22-26, for summary offenses outside 300 S. 12th St. and 200 S. 12th St.

REPORT: Between 8:45-9:40 p.m. Nov. 10, complainant’s secured bicycle was stolen from the 300 block of South Camac Street.

REPORT: Between 10 p.m. Nov. 10 and 1 a.m. Nov. 11, out-of-town complainant’s 2008 Chevy, parked in the paid lot at 1309 Locust St., had a window smashed and an iPod and CDs taken. Sixth District Officer Colon attempted to lift fingerprints.

REPORT: At 7:55 p.m. Nov. 10, a male accidentally bumped into two other males outside Cosi, 1128 Walnut St. When the males began cursing, the complainant attempted to walk away, until one of the males pulled out a gun told him he’d better go inside. Moments later, another complainant was accosted outside 1116 Walnut St. by a group of 10-12 of young black males, no further description. The second complainant was punched and kicked and had an iPhone and wallet taken. The group fled south on the 200 block of South Quince Street, where a third complainant was accosted, punched and kicked and a briefcase was taken. One of the offenders was described as 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, wearing a black hoodie. The group fled the area going south on Quince.

ARRESTS: On Nov. 10, City Wide Vice plainclothes officers arrested a male for prostitution at 9:10 p.m. at 1200 Locust St. and a female for prostitution at 9:20 p.m. at 1300 Locust St.

ARREST: At 11:40 p.m. Nov. 10, Sixth District plainclothes officers arrested a male for obstruction of a highway related to prostitution in the 1200 block of Locust Street.

ARREST: On Nov. 12, Sixth District plainclothes officers arrested two males for obstruction of a highway related to prostitution between 12:35-1:45 a.m. at the following locations: 200 block of South 12th Street and 300 S. Camac St.

ARREST: At 12:48 a.m. Nov. 12, a female was observed taking money from the tip jar inside Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. Employees chased the suspect to Broad and Spruce streets, where she became confrontational and continued to flee west. Ninth District officers responding to the description broadcast over police radio stopped the female at 19th and Spruce streets, where she was positively identified and the $27 that had been taken was recovered. The 23-year-old suspect with a Shippensburg address was charged with theft and related offenses.

ARRESTS: Between 7:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12, Sixth District officers arrested four males, ages 31-41, for drinking alcoholic beverages on the highway at 400 S. Watts St. and 412 S. 13th St.

ARREST: At 9:25 p.m. Nov. 12, a male was in the 200 block of South Juniper Street when he reportedly spotted a male who had taken his BlackBerry phone on Oct. 29, in the 200 block of South 13th Street. Sixth District Officer Romanczuk responded to the complainant’s 911 call and stopped the male at 209 S. 13th St., where he was positively identified. The 20-year-old suspect with a homeless-shelter address was charged with robbery and related offenses.

ARREST: At 10:35 p.m. Nov. 13, Sixth District Bicycle Patrol Officer McQue was preparing an auto-crash report at 13th and Walnut streets, which was cordoned off with crime-scene tape, when a male entered the restricted scene. Officers ordered the man to get behind the tape line several times, and when he was approached for further investigation, the male grabbed the officer by the throat, knocked him from his patrol bicycle and assaulted him. The 29-year-old suspect with a Center City address was arrested and charged with assault and related offenses.