A quintet of qualms


A local man is in police custody for supposedly committing three robberies and two thefts.

On Oct. 5, authorities announced the arrest of Oronde Silver, of the 2000 block of South Bouvier Street. They claim that the 42-year-old orchestrated five crimes including two in one night only four blocks apart.

In the first matter, a complainant told police that at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 2, he was leaving ShopRite, 2301 Oregon Ave., when someone approached him and demanded money. The individual ended up pushed, strangled, and relieved of $13 from his wallet before the attacker fled in a gray Jeep Compass bearing New Jersey tags, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

Eight hours later, a woman was walking in the parking lot at ACME, 1901 Johnston St., when someone drove up behind her, lunged at her after exiting, and grabbed for her handbag, leading them to wrestle for the item. The aggressor fled with the handbag and headed off in a gray, four-door Honda.

Detectives recovered video footage of the ShopRite incident and named Silver as the suspect, with a witness identifying him through a photo array as the perpetrator. Authorities stated Silver struggled with them on the 700 block of Winton Street before they detained him. Along with the two matters above, they charged him with committing a carjacking on 16th Street and Snyder Avenue and stealing cars on the 2100 block of South Juniper Street and the 1900 block of South Bouvier Street,