Robbery spree reported near Temple University campus

Temple University
This surveillance image shows the suspect in multiple robberies that occurred Monday morning.
Temple University Department of Public Safety

Campus authorities and city police are investigating a string of gunpoint robberies that occurred Monday morning near Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia.

Two students were robbed at around 6 a.m. in the area of 16th and Berks streets, investigators said. A third robbery, targeting someone not affiliated with the school, was reported closer to 7:30 a.m. on the 2000 block of W. Jefferson Street, according to Temple’s Department of Public Safety.

In the first incident, a gunman held up a 21-year-old man and took his phone, authorities said. He was not injured, and the phone was later found nearby using a tracking app, according to police.

Then, the suspect, believed to be the same person, hit another 21-year-old male student in the face with his handgun while taking the victim’s wallet and phone, police said.

Temple, in a message to students, said the suspect was wearing black clothing and a black face mask. The university’s public safety department posted a surveillance image of the suspect on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Anyone with information about the robberies can contact Temple police at 215-204-1234.