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Temple Student Recovering After Botched Robbery Attempt In N. Philadelphia, Suspect Arrested

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police have announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the early morning robbery attempt and shooting of a Temple student.

The off-campus incident occurred in the 2300 block of North 12th Street, north of Dauphin Street early Monday morning.

According to sources, two Temple students were approached by a group of young males who demanded money just after about 2 a.m. When the teenager attempted to rob the two students, one of the Temple students, identified as 21-year-old Rob Eells, a native of Doylestown, pulled a licensed gun and there was an exchange of gunfire. One of the suspects, a 15-year-old, and Eells were shot.

Eells was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition; as of 7 p.m., authorities say he is stable. The teen suspect was also taken to Temple University Hospital where he was placed under arrest.

An advisory from Temple Police is warning people to avoid the area due to increased police activity while an investigation is ongoing.

Eells is said to be in intensive care, recovering.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Philadelphia police by dialing 9-1-1.

The identity of the teenager in custody, or any other suspects, have not been released in this case.

  • CC

    Let’s get that law changed about protecting a person’s identity if they are a “juvenile” BS. commit a crime and it should be posted out there so the general public can know and protect themselves from them. i’m glad this man had a carry permit and a gun and knew how to use it. get to the range when you feel better so your aim improves…that way this punk won’t be robbing or shooting anybody else.

  • grumpy

    A group of young males walking around at 2:00AM?? what happened to the curfew? Sad, the wrong person is in intensive care. Be well.

  • Kristy

    Hey Mel K, since when is it a crime to sit on your front porch? The better question is why a 15 year old has a gun and it out at 2 a.m.

  • brian

    ”Why were the two students walking around at 2 AM in that ‘hood? He pulled a gun and got shot anyway. Why do people put themselves in these situations? ”

    That hood just so happened to be where his home was located..he was not walking around he was sitting on private property.

    • joe

      my brother wasnt wandering around, he was just sitting on his front porch having a smoke with his friend who had just got home from work

  • bottomline

    I guess we need to extend the curfew to include weekdays too. Maybe, closing Temple would be a better answer. Temple keeps the streets unsafe by providing law abiding bait which attracts the blue collar entrepreneurs.

  • Kristy

    how about a description of the suspect and the two that got away

  • tubaman

    They better try this kid as an adult or he’ll kill someone next time.

  • Guess Who

    Name the suspo ok.

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