The overall crime rate in Philly is 46% higher than the average national crime rate. However, Philadelphia is safer than 9% of the cities in the United States, and the number of crimes has decreased by 6% yearly. Far too often the residents of Philadelphia wake up to headlines of ‘robberies gone wrong’ in the local newspapers and morning news.
Recent Robberies Making Headlines
Here are a few recent cases of robberies gone wrong in Philadelphia:
Police officer gunned down during a robbery gone bad in North Philly game stop: Police in Philadelphia are mourning the loss of their colleague; Officer Robert Wilson III, who succumbed to injuries on 5th March, 2015. Wilson was shot several times at a close range during a robbery gone wrong in a Northern Philadelphia Game Stop. Robert, an 8-year veteran with the 22nd District, was in full uniform when he went inside the Game Stop at the Hope Plaza shopping center when two armed men came in and declared a robbery. Robert immediately faced up the two, leading to a shootout. The suspects, who were on the two sides of the officer, shot at him a number of times at close range as he returned fire until the fatal shot was fired at him.
15-year-old boys murder a father in failed robbery in Philadelphia: Two 15-year-old boys face murder charges for shooting a man walking his dog in a robbery turned awry on March 12, 2015. The two boys targeted James Stuhlman, a 51-year-old, as he walked his dog on the 6400 block of Woodcrest Avenue. James struggled briefly with the boys before one of them allegedly opened fire. The robbery was pointless and meaningless, the boys did not even take anything from Stuhlman.
Man, 18, shot in the face during a robbery gone awry in East Germantown: A robbery gone wrong left an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the face. The victim and another man were in a parked car on Norwood Street when the gunman approached the driver’s side demanding money. The victim and the other man gave the gunman money, and mobile phones but the man later opened fire, shooting the car at least seven times. He completely shot out the car’s back window and several bullets hit the trunk, one bullet hit the left side of the 18-year old man’s face.
Woman shot in ‘robbery gone awry‘ in Chester: A 31 year old lady was walking to catch a train back home to Philadelphia on 2nd March,2015, when she was accosted by an unknown man shooting her in the head after she refused to go under an isolated trestle with him. The frightened woman screamed for help thinking that the man had hit her head with the gun; she did not even know that she had been shot. The injured woman called 911 using her cell phone and was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where a bullet was found lodged behind one ear and she was later moved to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Nothing was taken from the woman although the crime was termed as robbery gone awry.
The number of robberies gone wrong in Philadelphia has repeatedly oscillated between high and low in the last couple of years but has never been absent. As the world becomes greedy for money, and more competitive Philly residents become victims of robbery. However, the city can only be partially blamed as robbery affects almost all big cities in the world. If you are a victim of robbery gone wrong, a crime victim lawyer can help you with your case in order to get compensation for any losses you suffered.