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Dentist, family targeted in Delco home invasion

Thursday, June 07, 2012
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Police in Radnor Township are asking for the public's help in finding the suspects in a late-night home invasion that targeted a dentist and his family.

p> It happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of Brooklea Road in the Rosemont section.

Police say three men bound and gagged the family, including the dentist, his wife and their college-age daughter, in the basement before stealing an undetermined amount of cash and jewelry.

"They asked me to lie down and they tied me up and they asked me for money so, I said, 'All right, I'll give you money," said the victim, who did not want to be identified.

The men followed the victim as he entered his home through the garage.

"Fortunately they did not hurt us when they put me and my family in the basement," he said.

Police say the house, not far from the campus of Villanova University, was ransacked. At one point, the gunmen threatened to harm the women unless the dentist opened the safe.

"They wanted the safe opened and, if he complied, they would not hurt the family members," said Lt. Andrew block of the Radnor Police Dept.

The dentist has offices in Coatesville and Northeast Philadelphia. He is sometimes paid in cash, but doesn't know if that is why he was targeted.

About two years ago there was a series of similar home invasion and there were some arrests and things calmed down. Police want to make sure this is not a resurgence.

The suspects were described as black males wearing facemasks and baseball caps, with one described as a Yankees cap.

One suspect, believed to be the leader of the group, was described as being between 30 and 35 years old with a heavy build and standing 5'7" to 5'9" tall. He wore a gray Polo sweatshirt.

A second suspect was described as a thin man in his late teens or early 20s and wearing a red, long-sleeved shirt.

There was no description available of the third suspect.

Dentist Jim Cheng is just the latest victim of a rise in crimes against Asian American business owners.

Members of the Asian community are becoming increasing concerned that there has been a rise in violent crimes against business owners; many believe that they are being targeted by thieves.

Investigators believe the denist was followed from his office in Olney to his home in Radnor Township.

Several groups, including law enforcement, are working on ways to prevent the crimes against Asian-American business owners in the Delaware Valley.

Cheng says he does not know why he may have been targeted, but a committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, including Delaware County Prosecutor Pearl Kim says they have a pretty good idea.

"These actions are reprehensible and our concern and historically we found out that some of these offenders were specifically targeting Asians based on racial stereotypes," said Kim.

In 2008 and again in 2010, there were more than a dozen home invasions of Asian American business owners in the Delaware Valley.

The committee met Thursday night in Rittenhouse Square to discuss outreach and preventative measures. They are still compiling the numbers for the year.

In March, chilling surveillance video showed six men ambushing a Korean American business owner and his wife at their Oxford Circle home.

The man was beaten and the robbers stole $30,000 in cash and jewelry.

"It is very important for business owners to be very aware of their surroundings to maintain safety, to maintain vigilance," warns Evan Liu.

Action News has confirmed that Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will host a forum for Asian American business owners and local and federal law enforcement in two weeks to figure out ways to stop these crimes.

Investigators ask anyone with information to contact Radnor Police at 610-688-0503.

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