Woman held at gunpoint, robbed in her Fairmount home by at least 2 people

Mike Dougherty
November 29, 2018 - 2:07 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are trying to find at least two people, possibly three, who worked together in a home invasion robbery early Thursday morning in Fairmount.

A woman was approached by a teenage girl or a young woman who asked to use her phone just after midnight.

"The story that the this younger female was telling us that she needed to call her mother and arrange for transportation home to wherever she lives," explained Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

He said they both went inside the victim's house at 27th and Brown streets so the girl could wait for her ride.

"The complainant heard a knock at the door and when she went to the door, she was confronted by two males, at least one of whom was armed with a firearm," Kinebrew continued. "They pushed her in the house, they held her down at gunpoint — one of them did — and the other went around and removed multiple items from her house."

He said they aren't sure if the young woman was in on the job.

"She asked to use the phone. They're waiting for her mom to pick her up, then this happens. Are they connected? Don't know," he admitted.

Kinebrew said he doesn't want to blame the victim and doesn't want to discourage anyone from helping people in need, but he emphasized to use your instincts.

Detectives are still trying to piece together the puzzle, and anyone who has information is urged to call police.