Friday, October 06, 2006

Northeast Times: The Victims Need You

From the Northeast Times:

The Philadelphia Police Department’s special victims unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in two sexual assaults in the Northeast late last month.

The first incident occurred on Sept. 22 at about 6 a.m. on the 6000 block of Alma St. According to police, a 24-year-old woman reported that she woke up in her second-floor bedroom to discover a man clutching her by the throat and pointing a gun to her head.

The invader demanded money and attempted to assault her sexually. As the victim attempted to fight off the man, the gun discharged, with the bullet grazing the woman’s head.

The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. He is black, in his late teens or early 20s, 5-feet-6 and 110 to 140 pounds. He has a very dark complexion and thin build. At the time, he was clean-shaven and wearing a black hoodie, black pants, white tank top and dark Yankees cap.

He may have fled on a small bicycle. The gun was a black revolver with a long barrel.

On Sept. 24, another woman reported that a man who she believed was a cab driver assaulted her sexually inside a car.

At about 9:15 p.m., the 25-year-old victim was on foot near Frankford Avenue and Bridge Street when she summoned what she thought was a taxi. After she entered the vehicle, the suspect drove her to an unknown location and attacked her.

The vehicle was a white four-door car with black leather seats, a bench-style front seat and possibly a taxi light on the roof.

The driver was black, 20 to 25 years old, 5-feet-7 and 240 to 300 pounds. He has a heavy build and dark complexion. He was clean-shaven with short hair, full lips and bulging eyes, one of which is "lazy." He wore a black T-shirt, blue jeans and tan Timberland boots.

Anyone with information about either incident should call 215-685-3251, 3252 or 3265.

Daily News: "We Need to Dave These Kids"

Philadelphia Daily News publicizes BBBS plea.

Marlene Olshan reads the daily dispatches from the war zone like a field commander.

More than 300 lives have been lost so far this year in an inexplicable wave of violence that often turns whole sections of the city into a free-fire zone.

What drives Olshan, who is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, is the belief that it will be worse if she can't deploy more of her forces in the area of greatest need.

"So many of the children we serve right now are in the same ZIP codes where the murder rate is rising," Olshan said. "We need to save these kids."

Daily News: Details & Death

Philadelphia Daily News relates paperwork homicides.

The killings boosted the city's 2006 homicide total to 309. Earlier yesterday morning, a Strawberry Mansion woman told police that three gun-toting juveniles had ridden past her as she waited for the bus on Page Street near 31st. The young men started to shoot at each other, cops said, and a stray bullet hit the 64-year-old in the leg. Her husband drove her to Temple University Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said.

As detectives scrambled on those cases, investigators released more details on several homicides from earlier this week: