23-year-old shot dead

* Hart Lane near Kensington Avenue, Kensington

A 23-year-old man died last night after being shot several times in Kensington. The man, whom police did not identify, was taken to Temple University Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:38 p.m.

Police hadn't made any arrests as of last night and didn't know of any suspects.

PNC bank branch robbed in Mayfair

* Frankford Avenue near


Authorities are asking for help identifying the man who held up a PNC Bank branch yesterday morning. Shortly after 10 a.m., the man gave a threatening demand note to a teller and after receiving money, fled the area of the bank on foot. He was last seen headed north on Frankford Avenue, said Special Agent J.J. Klaver, an FBI spokesman. Officials didn't disclose how much money was taken.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 9, husky build, with long, dark hair, a mustache and beard, wearing a maroon baseball cap, a Phillies jacket and black gloves.

Tipsters can call the FBI at 215-418-4000.

Suspect grilled

in series of rapes

* Area near Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street

A man in police custody yesterday was questioned in a series of knifepoint rapes in Kensington but has not been charged, a police spokeswoman said last night.

Police had been on the lookout for a man driving a white Volkswagen Jetta after a woman reported she was assaulted in a car on Nov. 14 on Kensington Avenue near Somerset Street. A week later, two more women said they were attacked several hours apart in the same area.

On Tuesday, police traced the car to the man, who lives in Norristown, police said.

A year ago, three women were raped and murdered in the same area by a man who was dubbed the Kensington Strangler. In January, Antonio Rodriguez, 21, was arrested and confessed to all three murders.

Arrest made in fatal shooting

* Upsal Street near Rugby,


Homicide investigators were scouring the scene of a fatal shooting last night in the Stenton section of East Mount Airy.

At 8:45 p.m., police found a man in his 30s who had been shot multiple times inside an SUV near Upsal Street and Rugby. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:05 p.m.

A suspect was being held for investigation in the killing. Police hadn't determined the victim's identity last night.

- Valerie Russ