During a four-day span in October, a section of Northeast Philadelphia near Bensalem was victimized by a knife-wielding robber, identified as Jason Martino.
Starting on Oct. 27 at 8:05 a.m., the 40-year-old white male of Northeast Philadelphia entered the Burger King Restaurant at 11703 Bustleton Ave. During a transaction, he grabbed approximately $200 from the register drawer and fled the scene.
Then on Oct. 28 at 7:01am, Martino entered the McDonald’s Restaurant at 501 Franklin Mills Circle. During a transaction, he pulled out a knife and grabbed approximately $60 from the register drawer and fled.
The next day, Oct. 29 at 11:40 a.m., at the Exxon Gas Station at 335 Franklin Mills Circle, he did the same thing, attempted to grab cash from the register drawer, but was unsuccessful so he fled.
On Oct. 30 at midnight, Martino forced his way into relative’s home in the far northeast causing approximately $1500 in damage to her door. He then demanded money from her. She refused and he then grabbed her purse containing numerous credit cards and approximately $150 and fled.
Later that day at approximately 9:27 p.m., Martino entered the McDonald’s Restaurant at 9970 Bustleton Ave. He placed a knife to the face of an employee and demanded that she opened the register. He then grabbed an undetermined amount of cash from the register drawer and fled.
Due to the quick response by officers and thorough investigative work by Northeast Detectives, they were able to locate the offender at a local motel.
Northeast Detectives, along with Philadelphia and Bensalem police, converged on the motel and quickly apprehended the defendant without further incident.
Evidence was recovered linking the defendant to all five robberies. The defendant was also identified by all victims and witnesses.