Bail set at $1M for Mayfair victim's grandson

March 4, 2013 3:10:04 PM PST
The grandson of a woman who was assaulted during a home invasion in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia has been arrested along with a friend.

Bail has been set at $1 million each for 27-year-old Gregory Drobish and 31-year-old Christopher Brunkel following Sunday's attack on Drobish's 94-year-old grandmother.

Both men are charged with Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Conspiracy, Burglary, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Possession of an Instrument of a Crime, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Simple Assault.

They are due back in court March 21st.

The attack happened before 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of Unruh Street.

Neighbors found 94-year-old Sophie Drobish tied up, with duct tape partially covering her mouth.

"At first I was in shock they were even charging him and then based on what I've learned, I think it's disgusting," said Bob Schmidt.

Police say while Greg Drobish sat in the getaway car, his friend, Brunkel, barged into Sophie Drobish's home.

Brunkel allegedly threatened her with a syringe and punched her several times before ransacking the house looking for valuables.

"I saw him walking out with this black hoodie on. I couldn't see his face too much because as soon as I looked at him and said 'He's robbing the place,' he put his head down," said Jennifer Abele.

Neighbors chased after the suspect who dropped some stolen jewelry while others checked on the victim.

"I heard her screaming 'Help! Help! Help!' and when I went in she was lying on the floor with duct tape hanging off her," said William Lewis.

The woman was rushed to the hospital with bumps and bruises but she was able to tell police she thought her grandson was involved.

Investigators searched his home on the 3200 block of Tyson Avenue in Mayfair where found both men and more stolen jewelry in the garage.

Detectives are still investigating what would fuel such a despicable crime but they know both suspects have a history of drug use and there was bad blood over money.

"This grandson would come to her for money, several thousand dollars and he would never repay it so apparently there has been some friction," said Lt. Mike Gross, Philadelphia Police Department.

The 94-year-old woman will still in the hospital as of Sunday night.

Family members tell Action News that her son, the suspect's father, died last year.

Her grandson was one of the few close relatives she had left in the city.