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Police: Knife, Fire Involved in Separate Assaults on Cook-Wissahickon Grounds

Juvenile incidents occurred on elementary school grounds.

Two separate alleged aggravated assaults—one with a knife and one with fire—occurred on a local elementary school's grounds this summer, said.

Within one day of each other, police responded to incidents where minors reportedly assaulted other juveniles outside , according to police.

Police said that two minors jumped another child July 29 at 5:40 p.m. on the school's playground at 200 Salaignac St. One of the boys held the boy down, while the other one punched him in the stomach, chest and head.

The boy and his mother told police that one of the minors pulled out a green knife and pointed it at the boy's neck while holding him down. The boys reportedly removed his cell phone and threw it to the ground, but did not take it.

Police transported the boy and mother to Northwest Detective Division for questioning. No injuries were reported.

Later that week, police responded to another assault report at Cook-Wissahickon. A boy's mother told police August 1 that the previous day, a boy assaulted her son.

Police said the boy poured Axe men's cologne on the boy's arm and lit it on fire by using a lighter.

Her son, who was older but has the mental capacity of a child, sustained burns to his left arm. After being treated by the family doctor, the boy and mother were transported to Northwest Detective Division for questioning. 

The school was closed during these incidents due to summer break.

wendy August 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Wow is right. The neighborhood has been changing slowly for the past ten years, but it seems as though this summer things have taken a very ugly turn. It used to be that we could drive down Ridge and we (we are local business owners, my husband is born and raised in Roxborough) knew every person we saw. Not anymore. And a lot of folks we see, we don't want to know. Our customers are some of the finest people you could ever know, but they are being forced indoors and out of the neighborhood by the nasty element that is taking over. And it's not all new people, some long time resident parents need to get their kids under control as well.
wendy August 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
And I just have to say that I love Roxborough, there are so many more positives than negatives but the bad is so scary. Residents have to stand firm and stop this from happening before Rox/Manayunk is one of those places that people drive through and say,"Remember what a great place this used to be?"
FedUpw/Philly August 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Get out now before your house gets you pennies on the dollar. And if you think this neighborhood has a chance of getting better you haven't taken a ride around this city recently. Show me a neighborhood that "they" have improved.
Joey Fundsarelow August 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Yes, where are the descriptions of the wannabe thugs. The neighborhood is NOT going to get better it's only going to get worse. To explain the reasons would take up way too much space.
megan gambone August 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
It can get better if you stand your ground and not encourage people to flee out of fear. If you care about the neighborhood you should encourage the people to stay and make it better. I have had some negative experiences but I have decided to stay...you can't run away everytime something bad happens. Fight or flight? I choose to stay and fight for my neighborhood.

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