A newsstand owner was attacked on two separate occasions this week by an armed man who police have not been able to identify. On Sunday night, the business owner, who is also a retired Philadelphia Police Officer, was pulling into his driveway on
Merganser Place near 74th Street when the suspect confronted him, wrestled him to the ground and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Four days later, the retired cop arrived home about 7 p.m. when the same man confronted him. A struggled ensued and the retired cop opened fire at his assailant. The man told police he may have struck the suspect. The owner was unharmed. The suspect was described as a black man in his early 20s, 5-feet-8 weighing 160 pounds and was seen wearing a black jacket and brown pants. The business owner was a 23-year veteran of the force and has run Artie’s Newsstand in South Philly, since 1981.