Feds: Traveler busted

smuggling cocaine

* Philadelphia International Airport

Customs and Border Patrol agents busted a man at the airport who allegedly tried to smuggle 3 pounds of cocaine from the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

On his way through customs, Wilson Miguel Jaquez Torres, 23, of Philadelphia, was asked to empty his duffel bag, authorities said.

It was a bit heavy for being empty. A second agent stuck a probe into the bottom of the bag and found the drugs covered by a false bottom, said Steve Sapp, Customs and Border Patrol spokesman.

"The estimated street value is about $112,000," Sapp said. Immigration Control and Enforcement took Torres into custody, Sapp said.

Teens arrested

in Olney assault

* Chelten Avenue near

4th Street

Two teens were arrested yesterday in an apparently random assault on a man in Olney on Wednesday afternoon.

About 3:10 p.m., a 65-year-old man was walking along Chelten Avenue near 4th Street when Samuel Cave, 19, and a 16-year-old boy walked up behind him, police said.

They punched the man in the head, knocking him to the ground, and ran off, cops said.

Police said the man suffered injuries to his head, face and jaw, and was taken to the Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Cave, of Champlost Avenue near 4th Street, Olney, was arrested on assault and robbery charges, police said. They typically do not identify juvenile suspects, but said the younger suspect was also in custody and would face similar charges.

Man shot 4 times in Kensington

* Auburn Street near Frankford


A 28-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot four times last night, police said.

The man parked his car and was walking along Auburn Street when an unidentified man walked up and began shooting, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The victim was shot in the chest, and abdomen and twice in his legs. Police took him to Temple University Hospital.

Cops were unsure of the shooter's motive last night and could not provide a description of the suspect. Small said a dark BMW with tinted windows was seen fleeing the area heading east on Somerset Street immediately after the shooting.


Thief was in Philly before Conn. slaying

A man wanted in connection with the slaying of a jeweler in Westport, Conn., on Dec. 8 was seen in Philadelphia days before the killing, and Westport police are asking for help from the public in hopes of making an arrest.

Police said the man walked into YZ Jewelers, in Westport, about 9 p.m. Dec. 8, fatally shot the store owner, Yekutiel Zeevi, and wounded his business partner during an apparent robbery.

Cops said the man had been seen in jewelry stores in Philadelphia before the fatal shooting and are asking other jewelers who may have seen the man to contact the department.

Police describe the suspect as white, about 5 feet 10, very thin, black and gray hair, glasses with a black frame and some facial hair. He wears very expensive clothing and seems to be comfortable with jewelers' tools, police said.

He was seen driving a blue or gray car that police described as "boxy," such as a Nissan Cube or a Scion. Tipsters are asked to call the Westport Police at 203-341-6000.