Handbag bandits

By Amanda L. Snyder

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Two robbers mugged a pair of women at gunpoint and beat the lady who did not give up her purse fast enough Friday afternoon. 

Two 42-year-old women were entering a residence on the 1600 block of South Iseminger Street at 2:35 p.m. Nov. 30 when one of the offenders yelled, “We want your stuff. Give me your handbag,” Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The women turned to see two men, one of whom was armed. 

After successfully swiping one of the handbags, the pair had trouble stealing the other when the woman didn’t let go, Tolliver said. The armed man pulled the unwilling victim to the street and smacked her in the head with his firearm as her friend screamed for help. A 47-year-old male passer-by spotted the disturbance and chased the men, who were able to flee with both purses, to 12th and Morris streets where they hopped into a blue Cheverolet sedan without a license plate that an unknown female was operating. The auto headed South on 12th.

The hurt victim was transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for head and facial injures, Tolliver said. 

The offenders were described as black, age 15 to 20, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, 130 pounds and wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants and Timberland boots. 

To report information, call South Detectives’ tip line at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit

Contact Managing Editor Amanda L. Snyder at or ext. 117.

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1. Anonymous said... on Dec 7, 2012 at 08:22PM

“Good luck tying to find these two thugs. What happened to South Philly???”

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2. Anonymous said... on Dec 8, 2012 at 10:11AM

“Hopefully these pieces of trash will get theirs as they continue a life of crime. Losers.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Dec 8, 2012 at 06:28PM

“surprise, another black suspect.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Dec 13, 2012 at 01:32PM

“I'm sick to my stomach when I read these things I moved 1000 miles away from there for these types of things ..I'm sorry but I love where I was born and raised but if that was my wife ..I WOULD BE IN JAIL ..that city is going down the tubes and now my family does not have to deal with that crap anymore.. catch those guys and hand them to the families that they hurt cause when they do get caught they will be out doin they same things ...please be safe my friends from south philly.. IT'S CALLED STREET JUSTICE..”

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5. Michael B. said... on Jan 1, 2013 at 01:54AM

“We just have to strap ourselves with guns and do it like the old days. Strap from kids that could walk up to elders that needs canes to walk. Learn how to shoot and we'll be good again. This in South Philly won't end, never will, I live in South Philly for 15 years, I'm not going anywhere, this is my home. I have a gun permit an I'm always strap. The police is not going to do anything but hold their useless meetings and blame city folk for not cooperating.”


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