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October 21, 2015

Police arrest man for carjacking of Temple football player

Police Arrests
Robert Sherrill Philadelphia Police /for PhillyVoice

Police have arrested Robert Sherrill, 26, who lives near Temple University, for the carjacking of a football player at that college.

The Philadelphia Police announced Wednesday that they have apprehended a suspect in the Oct. 15 carjacking of a Temple University football player.

Police said that thanks to a tip from the public,  law enforcement officials arrested Robert Sherrill, 26, of the 2400 block of North Clarion Street, for robbery due to his suspected involvement in the carjacking. 

However, police believe he may be involved in two separate incidents from the same evening. 

The first incident that police believe Sherrill was involved in occurred at about 12:35 a.m. on Oct. 15 when a 21-year-old man, reported to police that as he left a corner store at 10th and Susquehanna Streets, he was approached by two unknown black males, one of whom was armed with a black handgun. 

Police said the men attempted to force the vicim  into his car, a 2005 Cadillac CTS, but when the Temple student refused, the men forced him to the ground and took his keys and cellular phone.before they drove west on Susquehanna Street in the victim's vehicle. 

Later that same night, police said, at about 3:15 a.m., the same suspects are believed to have robbed a 24-year-old male who was walking north on the 1800 block of North 15th Street. 

Through surveillance video that police shared following these crimes, police said, they were able to generate tips from the community and finally identified Sherrill. 

 Robert Sherrill was taken into custody at his home on Oct. 17, police said, and he's been charged with robbery and related offenses.