PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The day after CBS3 first reported on exclusive details about a chain of armed robberies throughout the City Center, we have pressed the district attorney on whether the streets of Philadelphia are safe. Witness News spoke directly to District Attorney Larry Krasner Monday afternoon about what he described as “a terrible crisis.”
Last week, The DA says our streets are safe.
On Monday, he changed his message and said he understood why many people might be struggling following a string of armed attacks that struck downtown this weekend. .
“We are fighting a terrible rise in gun violence,” Krasner said.
After a backlash last week for comments about the lack of a crime crisis, the Philadelphia district attorney apologized on Monday.
“My words unintentionally hurt people,” Krasner said.
Acknowledging a “significant” increase in robberies, Philadelphia police confirmed there have been 2,213 this year – an increase of nearly 20%. That’s what makes many people question their safety.
“I just don’t think I’m going to be in the city on my own,” says tourist Heather Bollendorf.
Sources confirm there have been at least 10 armed robberies in recent weeks. Investigators believe they were all the work of the same crew.
Surveillance video shows a trio of armed robbers herding a group of pedestrians outside the Comcast Center last Tuesday, taking off with high-end jewelry and cash.
On Saturday night, police said a groom, who was going out for some fresh air at his wedding reception along 3rd Street, was held by two armed men who were accompanied his Rolex watch.
“I think it’s very important for people to be cautious,” Krasner said.
Following Monday’s public briefing, CBS3 asked the district attorney if he would be scheduled to speak with the Philadelphia police commissioner.
“I can, I don’t know what her availability is, but we take this very seriously,” Krasner said.
Krasner said as the city continues at a record rate of violence and deadly crime, his office remains focused on helping those affected and holding those responsible in full scope. under the law.
On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney will hold a news conference about the city’s efforts to help get people safely back after COVID. CBS3 asked the DA if it was a good idea given the recent crimes, and he said he’s not here to second guess the mayor.