Suspect in sexual assault of elderly Germantown woman caught three hours after reward announced

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Philadelphia Police and the U.S. Marshals Office announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a 24-year-old man suspected in the Friday night rape and robbery of an elderly woman in Germantown.

Around 6 p.m., the U.S. Marshals received a tip which led them to arrest Ronald Gregory in the Bartram Village Apartments, at 54th St. and Elwood Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia, officials said Wednesday.

“There, they encountered Ronald Gregory and took him into custody without incident,” stated a police press release on the arrest issued at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. “The Philadelphia Police Department and the U.S. Marshals would like to thank the public for their assistance.”

Gregory was charged with rape, burglary, robbery, sexual assault, indecent assault and related offenses.

Police, who will release a new photograph of Gregory when one is available, have yet to learn a bail amount set for Gregory.

According to police, Gregory allegedly entered the victim’s home on the 5300 block of Wayne Ave. through an unlocked door around 11 p.m. Friday.

The victim awoke to see the unknown man standing in her bedroom. He then sexually assaulted the woman and stole $200 in cash and a $700 money order, police said.

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