Man shot and robbed, walks into stranger's home, wakes up woman for help, police say

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man who said he was shot and robbed walked into a stranger's home through an unlocked door in the city's Logan section and woke up a woman to ask for help Monday morning.

The incident left a bewildered Starlett Harcum in her bedroom, face-to-face with a 28-year-old man she had never met.

"He was all bleeding, keep saying 'call the police, call the police'. My first question was, 'who is you and how did you get here?" Harcum said.

Philadelphia police were called shortly before 1 a.m. to the 1700 block of Belfield Avenue

The 28-year-old victim does not live in that neighborhood. He told police he was in a rear driveway when he was robbed. Police said they do not know what was stolen.

"She doesn't know this male, she stated to police that she never saw him before, never saw him in the neighborhood, but for some reason he walked into her home through the back door after being shot," according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The victim had walked up Harcum's back path, went inside her Logan home through an unlocked door, and climbed the stairs, knocking down furniture and leaving a trail of blood.

"It was dark, so he was rumbling around and rumbling. He found his way all the way up to the second-floor front bedroom," Harcum recounted.

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She added, "He said he got shot and somebody robbed him. "

The victim told police during the course of the robbery he was shot in his face and arm.

He was bleeding heavily but able to walk and talk.

Harcum said she was home alone but believes the door was unlocked because several family members had just left.

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police are looking for surveillance footage as they investigate the robbery and shooting.
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