One Man Arrested in String of 20 Armed Robberies in Cheltenham & Philadelphia

According to F0x 29 and 6ABC Philadelphia Police have arrested one half of the duo they say is responsible for at least 2o armed robberies across Philadelphia and Cheltenham Township. The most recent crime was on Monday at a Boost Mobile store on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia

Yasim Lowman, 23, was arrested near his home on 73rd Avenue on Tuesday. Another suspect remains on the run. Lowman is currently only being charged with the robbery of a Lukoil, which took place on Tuesday in Springfield Township. A vehicle registered to the mother of one of the suspects’ child led police to Lowman.

Police and federal authorities say the same suspects are now wanted for 20 armed robberies since mid-August. Surveillance video shows multiple pictures of the same two people committing armed heists over the course of the last five weeks. In most cases the suspects  faces were covered.

Police say the suspects have robbed several businesses since August 17. Investigators say the suspects have targeted drug stores, dollar stores and pizza shops. Anyone with information about the second suspect is asked to contact the Philadelphia Police Department.

These robberies are committed by at least two individuals,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Malachi Jones said at a press conference Tuesday. “These individuals are brazen in their demeanor, they come in wielding a gun, sometimes two guns, in these robberies. They are demanding money and they are making off with cash

Stores below were part of the robbery spree according to Police:

  • August, 18 –Family Dollar; 1812 West Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia
  • August, 18 –Family Dollar; 6555 Greene St., Philadelphia
  • August, 22 –Little Caesar’s Pizza; 7153 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
  • August, 22 –Rite Aid; 7401 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
  • August, 24 –Rite Aid; 6744 North 5th St., Philadelphia
  • August, 24 –Walgreens; 2727 West Cheltenham Ave., Wyncote
  • September, 6 –Family Dollar; 1812 West Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 7 –Rite Aid; 1401 West Cheltenham Ave., Elkins Park
  • September, 10 –Rite Aid; 5400 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia
  • September. 11 –Papa Joe’s; 7204 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 13 –Metro PCS; 7147 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 14 –Rite Aid; 1401 West Cheltenham Ave., Elkins Park
  • September, 17 –Metro PCS; 6201 North Front St., Philadelphia
  • September, 18 –Metro PCS; 7147 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 20 –Metro PCS; 1555 Wadsworth Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 22 –Metro PCS; 6342 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 23 –Cricket Wireless; 7145 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 23 –Metro PCS; 5007 North Broad St., Philadelphia
  • September, 23 –Family Dollar; 1812 West Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia
  • September, 24 –Boost Mobile; 3152 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

Lowman faces charged such as felony robbery, felony theft, simple assault, and related charged, according to court records.

Video Below via FBI/PPD Violent Crime Task Force