Roving robbers terrorizing Upper Darby

August 3, 2009 4:07:52 PM PDT
Upper Darby police have been dealing with a wave of wolf pack assaults, gangs of teenagers robbing and beating people. The police superintendent says most are from Philadelphia, coming in on Market Street."It's the roadway to terror that they see they come in here, they come in here on bikes, they come in here on foot and they attack anybody that they see," said Superintendent Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby Township police.

Three victims stepped forward to tell their stories. They're among at least six victims over the past week. Dennis Smith was jumped outside his apartment on Guilford Road.

"I was turning to get my wallet but I was wedged in the car I wasn't trying to look at them to try and I.D. him that's probably what he thought maybe he just BAM with his fist."

Syed Kamal was confronted by a teen with a gun outside his home.

"And suddenly these two teens show up and start beating me up well I got stitches right here and my fingers."

Gagjit Singh was walking in front of this laundromat when he was jumped. Police have arrested nine teenagers, the youngest just 14.

Undercover officers saw the attack on Singh and arrested four kids, including one that kicked an officer in the groin. But he and another were let go, because police say the county juvenile detention facility had no room.

"I'm talking about violent, heinous crimes that had the potential for death or serious injury and they're letting them walk the streets. It's unacceptable," said Chitwood.

The administrator of the juvenile facility says they did have room for all four suspects, but the Upper Darby police only showed up with two. Chitwood says that's a lie. And furthermore, he says the laws need to change to charge violent juveniles as adults.

"They ain't kids they're bums and they're gangsters and luckily nobody's dead abnd we're talking about a homicide."

Chitwood has added patrols and undercover details to the border with Philadelphia, trying to end this sudden and unusual wave of violent robberies.

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