Two charged for alleged roles in attempted armed robbery
ABINGTON >> Two men have been charged after allegedly attempting to rob a Glenside 7-Eleven — a plot foiled by the fact the store’s front door was locked.
A employee at the 7-Eleven at 362 Easton Road, Glenside, called 911 to report a masked man had attempted to enter the store Nov. 13 at 1:10 a.m., according to Abington police. He was wearing a white mark and holding a “dark object” to his side. Realizing the store door was locked, he then fled toward Keswick Avenue.
Abington police responded to the scene and observed a man with a white object around his neck driving on Keswick Avenue, according to police. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled. Officers pursued the vehicle to Jenkintown Road and then Highland Avenue.
After police deployed spike strips, deflating two of the vehicle’s tires, the driver, later identified as Tajmir Ford, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, with officers apprehending him on the 1200 block of Old York Road, according to police.
Officers discovered a fully loaded, stolen handgun in the vehicle, according to police.
Ford, 19, of the 7100 block of Andrews Avenue, Philadelphia, has been charged with robbery, firearms violations, fleeing and eluding police and related charges.
The police investigation revealed a second man was allegedly acting as a lookout for Ford, according to police.
Kierre Kennedy, 21, of the 1100 block of East Sharpnack Street, Philadelphia, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Ford was held at Montgomery County Prison until he posted $10,000 bail Nov. 15, while Kennedy remained in prison as of Nov. 17 after not being able to post $10,000 bail, according to online court records.
The two are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge Juanita Price Nov. 27.