PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia police have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for a series of home invasions at Temple University off-campus housing, authorities say.
Police linked 25-year-old Nasir Johnson to a string of thefts and burglaries dating back to October, when a Lexus was stolen from in front of a home.
ON November 11, officers were called to a property on the 1300 block of North 15th Street after 11 residents were taken to the basement and tied up by two armed suspects, police said. It is believed that the people inside, all between the ages of 20 and 22, slept with the armed suspects into their residence, stealing money, hones, credit and debit cards and a Lincoln MKZ belonging to one of the residents.
Police say the stolen Lincoln was located on the 100 block of Logan Street days later and information from the vehicle tied Johnson to the stolen Lexus from October.
On Nov. 21, police say at least one Temple University student was among a group of four residents who were awakened by home invaders who trapped them all in the bathroom of the 1900 block of N 18th Street.
While the victims were tied up in the bathroom, the suspects took phones, laptops, wallets, car keys and a firearm, according to authorities. Police say the suspects left the scene in a Mitsubishi belonging to one of the victims.
Police say that same day, the Lexus that was stolen in October was located in the 4900 block of Royal Street. Surveillance teams caught Johnson getting into the stolen car with a key and a debit card and two Apple watches taken on N 18th Street.
After executing a search warrant at Johnson’s home, cell phones and other items were discovered, police said.
The District Attorney’s Office charged Johnson with robbery, burglary, conspiracy to kidnap, theft by unlawful taking, assault, terroristic threats and related charges.
“These home robberies put several young people at risk and terrorized the surrounding community. Detectives and officers with PPD, with the support of Temple University, did an outstanding job in quickly identifying this defendant and bringing him into custody,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said.
The police state that the involvement of additional suspects is still being investigated.
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