On Video: Gunman sought in Philadelphia robbery spree

Monday, November 18, 2013
Suspect in Philadelphia robbery spree Suspect in Philadelphia robbery spree

Philadelphia police are looking for the man who robbed or tried to rob five stores in the city in a little over one day's time.

Police released surveillance video of the crimes on Monday as the search for the bandit continues.

It all began around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Natural Coffee at 715 South 55nd Street. An employee was behind the counter when the suspect came in, wearing a blue mask and carrying a gun. He pointed the weapon at her and said "Give up the money." The employee gave the man an undetermined amount of cash before he fled.

Then, at 12:56 p.m. on Thursday, the man entered the Cricket Mobile store at 5547 Baltimore Avenue. Again, the man pointed a gun at a worker.

<p "I see the guy came with a gun and the situation was like really dangerously so I just ran fast," robbery victim David Frederic said.

Frederic ran and locked himself in a back room while the suspect helped himself to cash from the register.

"I didn't have my phone. I could not call the cops. Then I was like, 'I'm just going to stay because if he came to do something, he's just going to do it and leave,'" Frederic said.

A little more than an hour later, at 1:58 p.m., the man walked into the Lucky 7 Food Market at 54 North 57th Street, demanding money at gunpoint. A worker there struggled with the suspect, who then fled the store.

Later that night, at 7:20 p.m., police say an employee was locking up at Ace Cash Express at 738 South 52nd Street when the man approached her with a gun and demanded to be let into the store. They were unable to open the register, so the man robbed $3 from the worker and ran away.

Finally, at 8:09 p.m. Thursday, the man walked into Daslin Grocery at 700 South 55th Street wearing a white mask demanding money. The workers told him they didn't speak English, so the man fled the store without any money.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20 years old, standing 5'6" tall.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or through PhillyPolice.com.

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