Door-to-Door Search for Home Invader Who Ditches SUV Ends With Arrest

Mt. Airy home invasion suspect turns up in Overbrook neighborhood

Officers searched door-to-door for a home invasion suspect in a neighborhood near a Philadelphia college overnight.

The incident began with a home invasion in the Mt Airy neighborhood around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia police said. The suspect told a woman and two girls in the home that he had a gun then took, credit cards, cash, a laptop and his victim’s car keys then drove off.

That vehicle – a 2016 Kia Sorrento – turned up Thursday around 2:15 a.m. at a Beneficial Bank along City Avenue in the Overbrook neighborhood – miles away – when the suspect tried to use an ATM, police said.

Officers from Philadelphia and neighboring Lower Merion gave chase and the suspect ditched the car and ran off in the area of Overbrook and Cardinal avenues – right behind Saint Joseph’s University.

Police combed through the Overbook neighborhood and knocked on doors as they searched for the suspect into the daylight hours. One neighbor said the suspect changed his clothes in a backyard and left his old clothes behind.

Philadelphia Police eventually caught up to the suspect and planned to charge him.

No injuries were reported.

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