Suspect sought for assault, robbery of off-duty Philadelphia police officer

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Suspect sought for assault, robbery of off-duty Philadelphia police officer
Suspect sought for assault, robbery of off-duty Philadelphia police officer

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police are trying to identify a suspect wanted for assaulting and robbing an off-duty police officer of his personal gun in North Philadelphia.

It happened around 7 a.m. Sunday on the 2100 block of West Oxford Street as the officer was trying to go home after his shift.

The eight-year veteran wasn't able to get past Oxford Street near Ridge Avenue because an after-hours club let out into the street.

A black BMW was blocking the intersection, and police say the officer waited for the vehicle to move.

However, after waiting at the light for about four minutes, the officer got out and asked the crowd to move.

An argument broke out, and that's when the suspect police are now looking for - known as "Duke" - got involved.

Pictured: The suspect known as "Duke."
Pictured: The suspect known as "Duke."

The officer was then assaulted by "Duke."

After being attacked, the off-duty officer identified himself, showed his badge and called for help.

That's when police say "Duke" pulled a gun and a second suspect, who is 6' 8" tall, also got into a fight with the officer. They struggled for the gun.

The officer put his hand on the trigger and was able to point the gun away and the gun fired once, police say. No one was injured.

When backup arrived, police say everyone scattered and the off-duty officer was hit by a black BMW driven by the second suspect.

Police were able to locate the second suspect and the vehicle involved, but are still looking for "Duke."

The officer had injuries to his leg and face, and had a concussion. His personal firearm was stolen during the struggle.

Police have talked to a number of people who they were looking for earlier, but they are not facing charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call 215-686-TIPS (8477).

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