Police arrest suspect in connection to two armed robberies

Robert Sherrill, 26, has been arrested in connection to two armed robberies near campus last week. | COURTESY Philadelphia Police

Robert Sherrill, 26, has been arrested in connection to two armed robberies near campus last week. | COURTESY Philadelphia Police

Philadelphia Police have arrested a suspect in connection to two separate armed robberies that occurred near Main Campus last Thursday morning.

Robert Sherrill, 26, of North Clarion Street near York, was apprehended at his home Oct. 17, and has been charged with carjacking, robbery and other offenses, according to a press release from Philadelphia Police’s Office of Public Affairs.

According to the release, police were able to arrest Sherrill after uploading surveillance video of the two incidents to Philadelphia Police’s YouTube channel—a carjacking and armed robbery near 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue, and an armed robbery on 15th Street near Montgomery Avenue.

Because of the video, tips were generated, and Sherrill was identified as a suspect, police said. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone previously told The Temple News he was confident the video would lead to an arrest.

“Video’s been so helpful to us,” Leone said in an interview Saturday. “I wish [robberies] would never happen to us, but when it does happen, the video has been really helpful in identifying people.”

According to court documents, Sherrill has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 3.

More armed robberies near Main Campus

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, two groups of students were robbed at 12th Street and Susquehanna Avenue and 17th and Diamond streets Friday night by three men said to be in their 20s.

The robberies come after a tumultuous end to the fall semester, when three armed robberies occurred in houses and around Main Campus. At the start of this semester, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Carl Bittenbender announced an increase in security on and off campus.

‘Eyes around Temple’ Facebook group created after armed robberies

After a TU Alert was sent out Friday, Dec. 10 and today informing students of four armed robberies that occurred in off-campus housing, “Toast McButter” created a Facebook group to raise awareness. The group already has 403 attendees. The following is an excerpt from the “more info” section:

“You are all probably aware of the INCREASED CRIME occurring around the off campus part of Temple University. I have lived off campus for 3 years and this year is by far the worst.

“…The economy is DOWN hard and when it is crime is UP. I am tired of hearing TEMPLE STUDENTS being robbed and assaulted. We are not targets, We need to stand together to help one another.

“Some people say it’s our fault for living off campus, but last time I checked this was AMERICA and we can live wherever we please. For most it’s not even an option with Temple having so little on campus housing( <— Big Issue).”

If you or someone you know was affected by the recent armed robberies, please contact news@temple-news.com.