A man using his laptop while in the driver's seat of his parked car in Oxford Circle early yesterday was shot in the neck and robbed of his computer, police said.

The 22-year-old victim, whom police did not identify, was in the parked 1995 Honda with two friends about 1:10 a.m. on Souder Street near Hellerman when the robber walked up to his driver's side window and demanded the computer, according to police.

When he resisted, the assailant shot him once in the neck and fled with his laptop, police said. The two other men in the car were not injured.

The victim was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in critical condition, police said.

The attacker was described as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet 1 with light facial hair.


The Spring Garden serial groper struck on Sunday night for the fourth time since October, police said.

A 24-year-old woman was walking to the rear of her apartment building at 17th Street and Fairmount Avenue about 9:10 p.m. when a man started a conversation, pushed her against a building and fondled her through her clothing, police said. The woman struggled and the man ran away.

The victim offered a similar description of her attacker as that given in three other cases - a black man, between 20 and 27 and between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 11, police said. He has short dark hair and brown eyes, the victim told police.

On Thursday, two women claimed that they had been groped in Spring Garden - one as she was flagging down a taxi and the other as she got something out of her car. The attacks occurred only 15 minutes apart, police said. On Oct. 27, a 36-year-old woman said a man groped her as she was waiting for a bus in Spring Garden.


An Elkins Park man who claimed that he shot a man because he thought he was breaking into his car in West Oak Lane Sunday night has been arrested on attempted-murder and related charges, according to police.

Keith Roberts, 45, shot the 30-year-old victim several times in the torso about 7:25 p.m. on Limekiln Pike near 68th Avenue, police said.

The victim remained in critical condition last night at Albert Einstein Medical Center, according to police.


Malcolm Deshields, 21, of Newark, Del., was charged yesterday in a fatal car accident that killed a 15-year-old boy.

Deshields' was traveling east on Old Baltimore Pike in Newark when his 1996 Acura TL crossed into the westbound lane and struck Bruce Mutter, also of Newark, who was waiting for a school bus.

- Staff and wire reports