Gayborhood Crime Watch


The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between Oct. 3-9. Information is courtesy of 6th District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association. To report crime tips, visit or call 215-686-TIPS (8477).


At 9:05 p.m. Oct. 4, two males approached complainant at 13th and Walnut streets armed with a knife. They took complainant’s money and fled east on Locust Street. The suspects were described as black males: one was 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, wearing a Red Phillies cap and jeans; the other was 5-foot-10 with a stocky build and wearing a black jacket and jeans.

At 10:45 p.m. Oct. 4, complainant was in an argument with a male outside 201 S. Broad St. when he was stabbed in the arm. The complainant walked to Hahnemann Hospital two hours later and reported the incident. The suspect was described as a black male, 30-40 years, 5-foot-10, stocky and wearing a white T-shirt.

Between 6 p.m. Oct. 4 and 2 a.m. Oct. 5, someone stole a laptop from an unlocked 2011 Ford parked in the 200 block of South 12th Street. The incident was reported on Oct. 7, therefore no fingerprints were lifted.

Between 8 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. Oct. 5, someone smashed the window of a 1998 Nissan, parked in the 900 block of Pine Street, and stole CDs and $2. This report was received by the DPR Unit via phone, thus police were not dispatched.

At 11:05 a.m. Oct. 5, a security officer inside the paid parking garage at 215 S. Broad St. discovered a 2002 Ford and a 2010 Toyota with smashed windows. It was unknown if anything was taken.

At 12:45 p.m. Oct. 7, a male took a phone from a desk inside Blick Art Store, 1330 Chestnut St. Video showed the suspect to be a black male in his 40s, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds with a dark complexion and wearing a black jacket, jeans and white shirt with a black collar.

At 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7, someone stole a handbag from behind a counter inside Macy’s, 1300 Market St. Video showed the suspect to be a black or Hispanic male, wearing a black hat, black shirt and jeans.

At 5 p.m. Oct. 7, complainant returned to his room at the Parker/Spruce Hotel, 261 S. 13th St., and found a male sitting on his bed, with the door from the shared bathroom kicked in and the dresser ransacked. The male fled but was identified as the occupant of the adjoining room.

At 10:45 p.m. Oct. 8, complainant was at 1300 Locust St. when asked for money by two males described as hustlers. After he declined, they pushed him to the ground and took $20. One male was identified by name to police and an arrest warrant will be obtained. The second suspect has not been identified and was described as a black male, 25-30 years old with a shaved head and facial hair and wearing a white T-shirt and khakis.

At 1 a.m. Oct. 9, (reported 8:30 a.m. to the 17th District), complainant withdrew money at an ATM at 1300 Walnut St. when a male came up from behind, placed an unknown object in complainant’s back and took the $400 that was just withdrawn. The suspect was described as a black male, late 30s, wearing a white T-shirt.


At 7:50 p.m. Oct. 4, 6th District plainclothes officers observed a male outside 1233 Locust St. smoking a marijuana blunt. The male attempted to flee when approached by the officers but was apprehended and the blunt recovered. During a search, police found 40 bags of marijuana in the male’s possession along with three bags of cocaine and cash. The 48-year-old suspect with a South Philadelphia address was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substance.

At 1:55 a.m. Oct. 6, a disturbance inside the Gold Club, 1400 Chancellor St. (9th District), spilled onto 200 S. Broad St. and a male with a handgun threatened a complainant, then fled in a white Hyundai. Sixth District Officers Williams and Ditizio stopped a Hyundai in the 100 block of South Fourth Street, apprehended the operator and recovered a loaded handgun. The 32-year-old suspect with a Bethlehem address was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.

At 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9, officers assigned to the OutFest Block Party were alerted by a complainant that while walking in the 1200 block of Walnut Street, a male walked up behind him and demanded his money. The complainant, who has a permit to carry a firearm, pulled his weapon and the male fled south on 12th Street. The officers apprehended a 29-year-old suspect with an Olney address and he was charged with attempted robbery and related offenses.