Two teen suspects attacked and carjacked an 82-year-old man in a Philadelphia mall parking lot last month, police said. The victim had just finished buying his wife a gift, which was also stolen in the attack.
The Abington Township Police Department wrote in a press release that the elderly man was leaving Willow Grove Mall just after 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 when two male teenagers approached him from behind. The suspects hit the elderly man in the back of the head with a hard object before forcing him to the ground.
“This is a hold-up. Give us all your money,” the suspects said.
The teen suspects then stole the elderly man’s truck – a 2008 Ford Ranger with a ladder rack – and the gift for his wife.
The press release stated that the suspects have both been identified and arrest warrants were issued “as a result of the recent request for the public’s assistance.”
“On the morning of September 30, 2022, Suspect #1, a 17-year-old Philadelphia resident, was arrested by Abington and Philadelphia Police at his home. He was charged with robbery and related offenses and detained at the Montgomery County Youth Center. Police are actively searching for Suspect #2,” the press release stated.
The attack comes as violence continues to soar in Philadelphia. In another incident, a mob of teens wreaked havoc in a Jamaican restaurant in Germantown, flipping tables and throwing chairs. The wild rampage was caught on video.
The video shows more than a dozen teens trashing the restaurant as employees fled to the back of the restaurant. It is unclear what led to the chaos.
“They destroyed the glass, they broke my chairs, they messed up my refrigerator,” the restaurant’s owner told NBC 10 Philadelphia. “It might be little stuff, but it costs a lot.”
“We have done nothing to nobody except open a restaurant trying to make a living, as well trying to provide a service,” added the owner, who requested anonymity. “Nobody’s expecting that they’re going into business to get their place trashed.”