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11.29.2010

home invasion robbery suspect surrenders

Some news out of Pennsylvania... Last week, 26-year-old Nyfis "Feese" Toppings, who was wanted in connection with an armed home-invasion robbery that targeted an Asian American business owner in Delaware County last summer, turned himself into the FBI: Feds seeking 3rd man in Aug. Delco home invasion.

Toppings was apparently persuaded by a family member to surrender. According to the FBI, he and several other assailants allegedly broke into the victim's home on August 8. Armed with handguns, the crew forced the victims to open a safe, then fled with over $200,000 cash:
The third man wanted in connection with an August home invasion that targeted Delaware County Asian business owners and netted $200,000 turned himself in to the FBI this morning, authorities said.

Nyfis Toppings, 26, was convinced by family members to surrender, Special Agent J.J. Klaver, FBI spokesman, said. Toppings turned himself in this morning, without a lawyer, at FBI headquarters at Arch and 6th streets, Klaver said.

Authorities had been "looking for him pretty aggressively at various addresses" recently, according to Klaver. Two of Toppings alleged accomplices gave him up when they were arrested in October in connection with the Havertown home invasion robbery of an Asian family that owns K&C Beverage in Upper Darby, according to court documents.
This home invasion is just one in a series of violent robberies targeting Asian American business owners in the area. The problem has apparently gotten so bad, the FBI recently formed a task force with the Philadelphia police to help solve the crimes. More here: FBI: Man surrenders in $200,000 home invasion.