Armed Robbers Steal Xbox, Cash, Pistol-Whip Man in West Oak Lane Home Invasion

A trio of armed robbers burst into a home in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane neighborhood early Saturday morning and pistol-whipped a man, then took off with an Xbox and several hundred dollars cash.

Police on Sunday continued to search for the men -- one of whom they said they had identified -- responsible for the home invasion.

The victim, a 49-year-old man, said that he was asleep inside a home on 17th Street near 66th Avenue just after 5 a.m. Saturday when someone hit him in the head. He jolted awake to a terrifying scene, police said: three men standing around his bed, all pointing guns at him.

Police said one of the men then demanded, "Where's the money at?" while another rifled through the man's dresser drawers and took $600 cash. The men then stole a suitcase and packed an Xbox game system, games, a cellphone and a laptop into it.

But that wasn't enough for the robbers: Police said they continued to demand that the victim give up more money, before one of them pistol-whipped the man in the face, splitting his chin open.

The men finally fled from the house in an unknown direction, according to police. The victim called 9-1-1, and police responded and took him to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he received three stitches to close the gash on his chin where the gun hit him.

Northwest Detectives continue to investigate the violent home invasion, and police said Sunday that they identified one suspect. Police described the two unidentified suspects as a black man between 18 and 20, about 6 feet 2 and weighing 200 pounds who has a dark complexion and "patches or bumps around nose/eyes." That man wore a black rain jacket with blue stitches in the front zipped up above his chin with his hood up. Police described the other man as a black man between 18 and 20 about 5 feet 4 and 125 pounds with a medium complexion. That man wore a gray hooded sweat jacket with the hood up and pulled tightly around his face, police said.

Tipsters should contact Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353 or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).

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