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A robbery in broad daylight with “what appeared to be a handgun” occurred at 41st and Ludlow streets yesterday. It prompted a UPennAlert at 2:35pm.

Credit: Amanda Suarez

As of Tuesday evening, the Division of Public Safety and the Philadelphia Police Department are still seeking two suspects in connection with a robbery with a weapon that occurred at 41st and Ludlow streets.

An unaffiliated male was walking in the area when “two males came up to him and displayed what appeared to be a handgun,” Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said.

The suspects demanded that the male give them his wallet, Rush said. They then fled the scene eastbound on Ludlow Street. The unaffiliated male was not injured by the suspects.

DPS received word about the robbery at 2:28 p.m. A UPennAlert was sent out at 2:35 p.m.

“In the abundance of caution, we decided to put out a UPennAlert because the [suspects were] not immediately apprehended,” Rush said.

The area was deemed all clear in a second UPennAlert that went out at 3:02 p.m.

When asked about why the incident occurred in broad daylight, Rush responded, “Unfortunately, robbers don’t have a shift … They look for an opportunity, and then take it.”

One of the suspects is a tall, black, clean-shaven male with a light complexion in a brown-and-orange hooded sweater and blue jeans, according to the DPS website. The other male suspect, with facial hair under his chin, is wearing a black North Face jacket and has a dark complexion. Both are believed to be in their mid-thirties.

DPS is currently working with Philadelphia Police to review video cameras and footage in the area in the search for leads on the whereabouts of the two suspects, Rush said.

“No matter where you are … always be aware of your surroundings,” Rush added. “Try to not travel on streets that are desolate.”

City News editor Sarah Smith and Staff writer Jill Castellano contributed reporting.

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