Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Suspected Armed Robber

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detective Division is urgently appealing to the public for assistance in identifying a suspect believed to be involved in an armed robbery at a Rite Aid store on North Broad Street.

The incident occurred on September 17, 2023, around 1:00 p.m. when the unidentified individual handed a note to the cashier at the Rite Aid store located at 2131 North Broad Street. The note contained a chilling demand for money from the register, accompanied by the threat of violence.

The suspect then revealed the end of a magazine of a semi-automatic handgun, amplifying the threat and leaving the cashier with no choice but to comply. According to police reports, the cashier handed over $373 from the register. Following the exchange, the suspect fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old, standing 5’5″ tall. He was last seen wearing a black “Nike” sweatshirt, a black mask, and sunglasses with blue arms.

The Philadelphia Police Department has released a video clip of the suspect in the hopes that someone will recognize him and come forward with information.

Authorities have cautioned the public not to approach the suspect if spotted, and to immediately contact 911.

Those with any information that could lead to the identification or apprehension of the suspect are encouraged to contact the Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093/3094, attention Det. Addison. Individuals can also submit a tip via telephone by dialing 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 215.686.TIPS (8477). All tips will be treated as confidential.

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As this investigation is ongoing, further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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.

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