Philadelphia Police Department

Would-Be Car Thief Dies After Struggle With Owner

Police say they found no evidence of weapons used during the struggle

A would-be car thief is dead after police say the car's owner turned the tables on him in Roxborough Wednesday morning.

A resident heard someone trying to steal his car shortly before 6 a.m. along the 8100 block of Ridge Avenue and went out to confront the man, the Philadelphia Police Department said. According to police, the homeowner and alleged would-be robber got into some sort of struggle, and when officers arrived, they found the man unresponsive.

Officers performed CPR for around 10 minutes and transported the man to Roxborough Hospital, where he died, the PPD said.

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Police say they found no weapons at the scene or any evidence that weapons were used during the struggle. The resident, meanwhile, was also taken to a hospital with a separated shoulder.

Police are ruling the death "suspicious" as they continue to investigate.

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