Dispatcher robbed exterior of police headquarters in Philadelphia, an official says


A dispatcher was robbed Thursday morning as she walked to work exterior Philadelphia police headquarters, an official mentioned.

A 25-year-old lady was attacked about 5:41 a.m. on Callowhill Avenue when a suspect “ran as much as her from behind and grabbed her purse knocking her to the bottom,” police mentioned in an announcement. “The suspect then dragged the complainant on the sidewalk and finally into the road till he was in a position to take the purse.”

The suspect fled south on fifteenth Avenue from Callowhill Avenue, police mentioned.

NBC Philadelphia reported the sufferer was a dispatcher strolling into work on the new police headquarters at Broad and Callowhill streets in Middle Metropolis.

Gordon Zimmitt, president of the union that represents dispatchers, AFSCME Native 1637, instructed NBC Philadelphia the lady was recovering after being hospitalized.

“She was on her option to work, getting into at 6 — her shift begins at 6, actually a number of steps from the door,” he mentioned. “The worst factor we are able to have is individuals considering that police headquarters isn’t protected.”

Police weren’t instantly reached for remark Saturday.

Authorities launched a video exhibiting the suspect.

He’s described as standing about 6-feet-tall with a skinny construct, police mentioned. The balding suspect additionally wore a dark-hooded sweatshirt with a Puma brand, blue jogger pants with gentle stripes on the facet, black sneakers and he carried a black, Nike Air backpack, police mentioned.

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