Rape & Robbery In Bella Vista Leaves Residents On Edge

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A rape and robbery investigation is underway in a normally quiet Philadelphia neighborhood.

“Everybody’s angry, upset and distressed.”

The owner of Bean Exchange talked to Eyewitness News, but asked that we don’t identify him. He says in his four years in the city’s Bella Vista Neighborhood, he or his employees never endured anything so terrible until now.

“It’s unacceptable what has happened.”

He was too upset to talk on-camera after learning one of his employees had to be rushed to the hospital. Police say the 29-year-old woman was raped during what began as a robbery. We caught the owner just as he was locking up the store to visit his employee at the hospital.

“That’s where my heart is and where I want to focus first.”

The president of Bella Vista Town Watch, Greg Pastore, calls what happened inside the coffee shop a rarity in the neighborhood, and he felt it was his duty to get some answers.

“Get more particulars so we can put something out to the neighborhood. It’s something you always have to be aware of and worry about,” Pastore said.

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Police say what they know so far is that it happened shortly after 6 a.m. when the shop opened for business. The female worker was alone at the time, and even though she complied and gave up the money, the suspect still sexually assaulted her before running away.

The shop owner added, “I’m confident that the Philadelphia police will get the person responsible for this. They’re confident of it.”

The suspect, Christopher Reeves (pictured above), is described as a thin black male, about 6’6,” and in his early 30s. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Philadelphia Police Department or visit PhillyPolice.com

Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3

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  1. Tish says:

    I Hope he rots in hell real soon!!!

  2. JustMe says:

    @ Ann (I think that you are not nearly harsh enough though. I think they should be raped by ELEPHANTS for THREE years.) April 1, 2011 at 8:21am: ELEPHANTS? Sheeeesh!! Yep, that’ll rip him a brand new one for SURE. LOL

  3. terry says:

    Everyone should ask why this POS is still on the street? Numerous prior arrests and still out causing mayhem. A young woman’s life is ruined because the justice system is a joke, If you want to deter crime start with public hanging in the quad of city hall….

  4. Spartacus says:

    Keep electing liberal Democrats and you can expect more of the same. Philly is done! Get out while you can.

  5. Ann says:

    “Rapists should get the DEATH PENALTY IMMEDIATELY! After they are thrown in jail and RAPED by male prisoners every day for one year!”

    Really? That’s a reasonable, measurable response. I think that you are not nearly harsh enough though. I think they should be raped by ELEPHANTS for THREE years. That stupid pesky Constitution thing we have probably wouldn’t allow for it though. Too bad we don’t live in some hell hole like Libya or Sierra Leone where you could rape and murder to your hearts desire. I hear airfare their is cheap thought.

  6. Annonymous says:

    Rapists should get the DEATH PENALTY IMMEDIATELY! After they are thrown in jail and RAPED by male prisoners every day for one year!

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