Home robbery linked to drug possession

KATE McCANN TTN Five Temple students were robbed Sunday night, April 29, when armed robbers entered the residence and stole money, drugs and cell phones.

Suspects robbed students’ house on the 1500 block of Page Street Sunday.

Philadelphia Police reoprted an armed robbery that took place in a private apartment on the 1500 block of Page Street at 10 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

Five Temple student occupants were robbed at gunpoint, but did not report any injuries, according to a TU Advisory issued today, April 30.

Philadelphia Police reported cell phones, cash and a “large amount” of marijuana was stolen from the house.

One student occupant was arrested for possession of illegal drugs with the intent to deliver. Officer Tanya Little, of the Philadelphia Police Public Affairs Office, said drugs were the primary reason for the robbery.

“Absolutely, this wasn’t a random Temple house,” Little said. “They knew what was in there.”

Little added that the intruders “would have to have some kind of previous contact” with the occupants.

Occupants at the house were unavailable for comment.

Neighbor Steven Davis said he was home when the invasion occurred.

“I was on the phone with my mom. Once I hung up with her, I came to look outside for a second and there were police everywhere,” Davis said. “I noticed that my neighbor from up the street was in the cop car. I thought maybe he was in trouble I didn’t know what was going on.”

Davis said he had not heard of similar events happening on his block before.

According to the TU Advisory the suspects were described as a “black male, 18-25 years old, tall, thin, navy windbreaker, Nike pants with a stripe and armed with a handgun; a black male, 18-25 years old, chubby build, black hoodie, armed with a handgun; a black male, light brown shirt, white lettering, waited outside of the location and then fled on foot with the offenders.”

Once inside the house, Little said, one suspect went upstairs and “demanded money and drugs,” came downstairs and ordered the students to hand over cell phones. After leaving the house, one suspect was apprehended by police at North 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue after resisting officers. The suspect was unarmed and was carrying marijuana, which police confiscated.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to notify Temple Police by dialing 1-1234 from a Main Campus phone or 215-204-1234 from a non-campus phone.

Amelia Brust can be reached at abrust@temple.edu.


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