Police: Suspect in Manayunk robbery shot by police

A 43-year-old man wanted for a March jewelry store heist was shot by police after he pulled a knife during a chase on Saturday night, according to police reports.

Police say they spotted Anthony Burnett, 43, at the intersection of N. 21st and Norris streets. When they confronted the suspect, he pulled a large razor knife and lunged toward them.

An officer, whose name has not been released, then shot Burnett once in the chest. Following standard procedure, the officer has been placed on administrative duty.

An officer has been stationed at Temple University Hospital to guard Burnett.

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Burnett is charged with the armed robbery of A.I. Poland Jewelers on Main Street in Manayunk on March 29. About $100,000 in jewelery was stolen.

Lt. Evers says some of the charges Burnett faces are robbery, aggravated assault, weapons offenses and theft.

The other suspect, Raheem Hankerson, turned himself in to police on April 5, after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The two men allegedly stole the jewelry after hitting the shop’s owner on the head several times with a handgun and tying him up in the back of the store with another female employee.

The jewelry was found by police in a parked car in Roxborough a few hours after the heist.

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