Police need the public’s assistance locating a suspect allegedly responsible for multiple attempted robberies and sexual assaults throughout South Philadelphia.
Between Dec. 20, 2018 and Feb. 21, 2019, there have been five reported attempted sexual assaults and one incident which might have been an attempted sexual assault in the South Division, police say.
In the first incident, which took place Dec. 20, at 1:40 a.m., the victim was on the 700 block of South Street when an unknown African American male sexually assaulted her, but she was was able to push him away and flee to her residence, according to police. The suspect is described as an African American male, 5’8″, medium build and wearing all black clothing.(DC# 18-03-073400)
In the second incident, which took place on Dec. 30, at 2:55 a.m., the victim was on the 200 block of Fitzwater Street when an unknown black male pushed her to the ground, attempting to sexually assault her, but she was able to fight off the suspect, police say. The suspect is described as an African American male with a dark unshaven complexion, 5’8″, 150 lbs, wearing dark colored clothing, finger-less gloves and operating a bike. (DC 19-03-001010)
In the third incident, which took place on Jan. 5 at approximately 5:20 a.m., the victim, a 30-year-old female, was entering her home on the 19xx block of South 7th Street when an unknown black male approached her, forcing her into the vestibule demanding money, police say. When the victim stated she did not have any money, the suspect pulled a knife and pushed her against the wall where he attempted to sexually assault her, according to police. When the victim began to scream and bang on the walls, police say the suspect punched her in the face then fled on foot. The suspect is described as an African American male, 30-years-old, tall, medium build, medium complexion with a goatee, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, checkered shirt, dark colored sneaker/boots with a light colored stripe. (DC 19-03-001010)
In the fourth incident, which took place on Jan. 26 at 12:15 a.m., the victim was on the 600 block of South 16th Street and had entered her residence when an unknown black male opened the door after her. Police say the suspect proceeded to the second floor landing where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her purse. He then fled in an unknown direction, according to police. The suspect is described as an African American male, dark complexion, medium build, wearing a checkered jacket, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. (DC# 19-17-003534)
In a fifth incident, a 33-year-old female reported to Special Victims investigators that on Thursday, Feb. 21, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on the 400 block of Mifflin Street, she was sexually assaulted and robbed $50 by a black male who was riding a bike behind her. At this time, police believe that the offender in this assault is the same male depicted in previous released video surveillance and photos from the prior assaults.
- If you see this suspect do not approach, contact 911 immediately.
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If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, please contact the Special Victims Unit at (215) 685-3251/3252.