Robbery with Weapon

Penn and Philadelphia Police responded to a report of a robbery with weapon in the 3000 block of Market Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered that the suspect pulled over his vehicle and asked to use the complainant’s phone, then he pointed a gun at the complainant, demanding additional personal property. When the complainant attempted to retrieve his phone, the suspect sped away, dragging the complainant for several feet and causing injury.
The suspect is described as a Black male with a thin build and a beard. He was last seen heading west in a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee.

UPDATE: All clear in the 3000 block of Market Street. Police have responded to the incident and the area has been deemed safe. You may resume activity in the area.


UPennAlert: Robbery with weapon in the 3000 block of Market Street. Increased police activity in the area. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the immediate area.

The suspect is described as Black male, thin build with a beard, armed with a hand gun driving a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Last seen heading westbound on Market from 30th Street.


The Division of Public Safety has developed a few helpful risk reduction strategies outlined below. Know that it is never the fault of the person impacted (victim/survivor) by crime.

  • Stay out of immediate area.
  • Stay alert and reduce distractions; using cellphones, ear buds, etc. may limit your awareness.
  • Orient yourself to your surroundings. (Identify your location, nearby exits, etc.)
  • Utilize 24/7/365 Walking Escort services (215-898-WALK/9255).
  • Only carry necessary documents.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Be respectful of those involved in the incident.
  • If you believe you see the described suspect, do not engage – call 215-573-3333.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

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