seeking a killer
* Beech Avenue near Old York Road
Police are searching for the gunman who shot to death a 25-year-old Philadelphia man in a house in Cheltenham Township, early Christmas morning. Authorities say a black man armed with a semiautomatic handgun was seen fleeing the house on Beech Avenue in the Melrose Park section in a gray, late-model sedan. The vehicle was later recovered on Old York Road in Philadelphia.
The victim, identified yesterday as Robbens Borno, was a visitor at the house. He was shot several times shortly before 2 a.m., and pronounced dead a half-hour later at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Tipsters can call Cheltenham police at 215-885-1600 or the tip line at 215-885-1600 ext. 777.
Thieves hit Apple Store in N.J. mall
* Cherry Hill, N.J.
Three "Grinch-like" burglars wearing ski masks and hoodies used landscape rocks to smash into the Cherry Hill Mall on Christmas morning and steal $35,801 worth of Apple Store merchandise they gathered with trash bags, township police said. Mall security spotted the trio on surveillance cameras when the crooks arrived in a stolen car about 4:45 a.m. After a brief chase, police arrested Velencio Creque, 22, and Travis Lawson, 22, both of Willingboro, N.J. The third person escaped.
Home invasion with shotgun
* Mulberry Street near
A man was severely wounded by a shotgun blast yesterday morning during a possible home-invasion robbery, police said. The unidentified victim, believed to be in his early 30s, was hit in the face, head and upper torso. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.
Man shot in chest
* Wakeling Street near Griscom, Frankford
Police are investigating a Frankford shooting that sent a 36-year-old man to Temple University Hospital in critical condition yesterday morning. The victim, who was not identified, was shot once in the upper chest and multiple times in the abdomen.
Woman shot by boyfriend
* Sheldon Street near Elwood,
A 20-year-old woman is in stable condition after she was shot once in the face by her boyfriend last night, police said. The woman was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center after she was shot by her 27-year-old boyfriend at 7:15 p.m., police said.
In other news: Montco D.A. wants suspect back
Prosecutors are seeking the return to prison of Joseph McAndrew Jr., who was hospitalized for mental-health treatment following his arrest in the sword slaying of his parents, Joseph and Susan, and twin brother, James, in March in Upper Merion. D.A. Tracey Potere said in a petition filed Friday that McAndrew, 24, has been found competent for trial and no longer needs "intensive psychiatric treatment." "He can go back to the prison where officials have assured me he will receive any treatment that he needs," Potere said.
- Jan Ransom and William Bender