Philadelphia police investigate home invasion near Temple University’s campus

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police are searching for two suspects wanted in a home invasion just blocks from the Temple University campus.

The crime occurred around 6:20 a.m. on the 1900 block of North 18th Street in North Philadelphia.

Four people, including two male temple students, were in the home at the time.

They said they woke up with guns in their faces and told them to check in their stuff.

“My roommates stayed calm and gave them what they wanted,” said a third roommate, who was not home at the time of the robbery. “They took phones and laptops and stole my roommate’s car.”

Police say the armed thieves stole multiple iPhones, Apple Watches and other tech devices. The suspects also stole a gun and a 2022 Black Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which has since been recovered.

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It’s a similar motive to two other early morning home invasions in the same area, carried out by two masked gunmen who robbed Temple students at their homes.

On November 11, eleven sleeping college students were rounded up in the 1300 block of North 15th Street and robbed of their laptops, cell phones, debit cards and a car.

Detectives found surveillance video of a nearby man using one of those stolen cards and have since released that video to the public in hopes someone will recognize the suspects.

Police released images of two suspects wanted in connection with the November 11, 2022 home invasion of several Temple students. They could be linked to other recent incidents.

On November 9, Temple University student Kayla Barone was robbed at gunpoint in her off-campus apartment on North 18th Street.

“I really thought I was going to be shot in my own apartment. I didn’t think I would survive,” she said.

The suspects in Monday’s home invasion were last seen in the car on northbound 18th Street.

Nobody was injured in the incident. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the police.

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