Temple Home Invasion Suspect Still on the Loose

A female Temple student was walking to her off-campus apartment when three men, two of them armed, began to follow her, according to police.

By David Chang and Kelly Bayliss
|  Monday, Mar 11, 2013  |  Updated 6:39 PM EDT
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Surveillance Pics Released of Home Invasion Suspects

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Surveillance Pics Released of Home Invasion Suspects

Philadelphia Police released surveillance photos Tuesday of three men wanted in connection with a home invasion and robbery Monday night. A Temple student and her three roommates were tied up with duct tape in their off-campus apartment, before being robbed of cellphones, computers, cash, and credit cards. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez talked to a frightened Temple student.
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Police are searching for a third suspect in a home invasion in which a Temple student and her roommates were robbed and duct-taped.

The home invasion happened back on March 4 on the 1800 block of North 18th Street around 7:30 p.m. A female Temple student was walking to her off-campus apartment when three men, two of them armed, began to follow her, according to police. One of the men then allegedly forced her inside her second floor apartment at gunpoint.

Once inside, police say the man let the other two suspects in and they tied up the student and her three roommates with duct tape.

The men fled the scene with computer equipment, cellphones, money and credit cards, according to authorities. 

None of the victims were hurt during the robbery.

Tyree Johnson, 19, and Malcolm Murray, 18, were taken into custody on March 5, not long after police released surveillance video of the suspects. The video captured the men at a nearby store after committing the alleged crime.

A third suspect, Elijah Washington, 24, is still on the loose. Police say Washington may be in the area of the Wilson Park Housing Development at 25th and Jackson Streets or Southwest Philadelphia in the area of 52nd and Pentridge Street. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093.

Last November, three Temple students were robbed near where Monday's incident took place, just northwest of the campus.

According to crime stats from Temple, violent crimes, robberies and burglaries have gone down from 2009 to 2011. But that hasn't stopped students on campus from feeling nervous.

"This happens all the time -- like little robberies and petty thefts -- but this is just on a whole other level," senior Daniel An said.

"You think these things would happen in the middle of the night when you shouldn't be walking alone," senior Toni Distasio told NBC10. "It's definitely scary because a lot of us walk alone at night when it's like 7:30."

 

 


 

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