A West Philly man robbed three people at a South of South corner, and was apprehended after his final act.
Brandon Thompson, 26, of West Philly, allegedly put a gun to a 42-year-old male cabbie’s back while he was pumping gas at 12:20 a.m. Sunday at Hess, 615 S. Broad St., and demanded cash, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The taxi driver handed over $200, and the thief supposedly fled in an unknown direction.
At 2 a.m., he is believed to have returned to Hess and asked for $5 from a 25-year-old man, who was filling up his car and claimed he did not have it, Tolliver said. Thompson then allegedly walked behind his car, placed an object to his back and threatened to shoot. The man gave him his wallet. Thompson is believed to also have demanded he purchase a pack of cigarettes while the object believed to be a gun was still to his back. The man did as he was asked and Thompson supposedly fled in an unknown direction.
Eight minutes later, Thompson allegedly swiped a purse from a 23-year-old woman while she was eating inside New Tower Pizzeria, 1410 South St., Tolliver said. When police responded to the robbery in progress, the officers saw the victim and her friend chasing Thompson, who allegedly was running south on the 600 block of Broad Street. Police stopped the man on the 1400 block of Bainbridge Street where they recovered the woman’s brown wallet and a pack of Newport cigarettes from him.
Thompson was charged with three counts of theft and receiving stolen property; two counts of robbery, terroristic threats and simple assault; one count of possession of an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person; possession of marijuana; and various firearm violations, according to court records. Thompson’s bail was set at $300,000, which he had not posted at press time.
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