Friday, October 06, 2006

Northeast Times: The Victims Need You

From the Northeast Times:

The Philadelphia Police Department’s special victims unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in two sexual assaults in the Northeast late last month.

The first incident occurred on Sept. 22 at about 6 a.m. on the 6000 block of Alma St. According to police, a 24-year-old woman reported that she woke up in her second-floor bedroom to discover a man clutching her by the throat and pointing a gun to her head.

The invader demanded money and attempted to assault her sexually. As the victim attempted to fight off the man, the gun discharged, with the bullet grazing the woman’s head.

The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. He is black, in his late teens or early 20s, 5-feet-6 and 110 to 140 pounds. He has a very dark complexion and thin build. At the time, he was clean-shaven and wearing a black hoodie, black pants, white tank top and dark Yankees cap.

He may have fled on a small bicycle. The gun was a black revolver with a long barrel.

On Sept. 24, another woman reported that a man who she believed was a cab driver assaulted her sexually inside a car.

At about 9:15 p.m., the 25-year-old victim was on foot near Frankford Avenue and Bridge Street when she summoned what she thought was a taxi. After she entered the vehicle, the suspect drove her to an unknown location and attacked her.

The vehicle was a white four-door car with black leather seats, a bench-style front seat and possibly a taxi light on the roof.

The driver was black, 20 to 25 years old, 5-feet-7 and 240 to 300 pounds. He has a heavy build and dark complexion. He was clean-shaven with short hair, full lips and bulging eyes, one of which is "lazy." He wore a black T-shirt, blue jeans and tan Timberland boots.

Anyone with information about either incident should call 215-685-3251, 3252 or 3265.