Dan Stamm

Woman Sets Up Resident for Home Invasion, Baseball Bat Beating: Police

Welcoming a woman a man thought he could trust into his home led to a violent robbery with a baseball bat.

That’s how Philadelphia Police described an early morning attack along the 1800 block of Cambria Street in the Kensington section of the city that left a man beaten, battered and robbed.

The 41-year-old victim was inside his home when a woman he thought he knew knocked on the door around 1:25 a.m. and asked to use the phone. She entered and left the door unlocked behind her, said police.

About one minute later, two men – one armed with a gun, the other a bat – entered the home through the unlocked door and began to attack him. As the victim struggled to grab the gun, he became aware that his friend was in on it, said police.

"To his surprise the female that he was with started scratching him in the face and that's when he realized that the female obviously had something to do with this," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

"It's pretty obvious that the female set up this 41-year-old-victim," said Small.

The attackers ransacked the home, turning over furniture, before getting away with cash from a water jar and a couple video game consoles, said investigators.


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The victim managed to walk to a waiting ambulance for treatment for bruising, swelling and cuts to his face.

He told investigators he knew the woman, who is in her 20s, from the neighborhood, said Small.

Police hoped surveillance cameras would help them track down all three suspects.

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