PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Philadelphia Police Department, along with the Shooting Investigation Group, is appealing to the public for help in identifying two suspects involved in the armed robberies of Asian-owned nail salons that took place on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023.
The first incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. at the Happy Family Nail Salon and Spa located at 1100 W. Girard Ave. The second robbery happened just three hours later at Nails In The City, situated at 2401 Aramingo Ave. According to authorities, in both instances, the suspects were clad in women’s Muslim garbs with masks.
Inside the businesses, all employees were held at gunpoint while the suspects took their wallets and IDs. Cash was also stolen from the registers. A disturbing turn of events took place during the Aramingo Ave robbery when an employee who tried to chase after the suspects was shot in the leg. The employee was later treated and is now listed in stable condition.
The police have released descriptions of the suspects:
- Suspect #1 is described as a black male, around 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a black & white print Muslim garb, an orange face mask, grey gloves, black pants, black & white “Nike” sneakers, and grey & white mechanic-style gloves.
- Suspect #2 is described as a black male, approximately 5’10” with a thin build. He was seen wearing a cheetah or leopard print Muslim garb, a blue or purple face mask, black pants, white sneakers, and grey & white mechanic-style gloves.
Residents are urged not to approach these individuals if spotted, but to contact 911 immediately. Anyone with information regarding this crime or these suspects should contact the Shooting Investigations Group at 215-686-8271. Tips can also be submitted via telephone by dialing 215.686.TIPS (8477) or texting a tip to the same number. The Philadelphia Police Department is encouraging anyone with information to come forward and aid in bringing these dangerous suspects to justice.
Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.