NBC Philadelphia -A 13-year-old boy allegedly responsible for five separate attempted robberies in one day is now in custody, according to police.
The teen was wanted in connection with an incident on Monday night in which police say he approached a woman in Southwest Philadelphia, demanded “everything” she had on her and pulled out a gun upon her refusal.
The woman was able to run from the boy and call 911.
The other four attempted robberies took place Tuesday, according to investigators. Police tell NBC10 that a Daily News reporter and four women were approached by the gun-wielding boy.
NBC10’s Deanna Durante spoke to one of the victims who said the boy caught up with her at a gas station. She says he asked her if he could pump her gas. When she said “no,” she claims he tried to grab her purse. The victim told police that she screamed and the suspect bolted.
Investigators say all five attempts were in the area of 46th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets.
In four of the cases, investigators say the teen fled on a bike. Police say the suspect did not steal any cash or belongings in any of the incidents.
Police say tips about the suspect immediately began to pour in after NBC10 ran the story on Tuesday.
“We started getting nicknames,” said Lieutenant John Walker of the Philadelphia Police. “We were able to develop that into a 13-year-old male who lives where the robberies were taken place.”
Walker says the teen suspect was already on the run and wanted for a previous robbery.
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