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Boy, 14, charged in 4 subway assaults

July 13, 2009 1:17:56 PM PDT
Police have arrested a teenage boy who they say is responsible for four accounts of indecent assault. SEPTA Police along with the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit obtained images of the suspect from a surveillance camera.

Investigators surveyed the neighborhood and a suspect was developed.

On Friday July 10 police arrested a 14-year-old boy from the 1800 block of Tasker Street, charging him with Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, Indecent Assault, among other charges.

Police say that since April 25th there have been four incidents of indecent assault reported on the Broad Street Subway concourse or stairwell. The assaults all occurred during the daytime hours, between noon and 5:00pm.

In each case the suspect would approach the victim from behind and grope them. In one instance the victim was knocked to the ground.

Police have outlined a timeline of the incidents as follows:

  • 4/25/09, 4:00PM, Broad & Morris Subway Station (stairwell concourse), 24 y/o female approached from behind, groped by unknown male, who then fled up stairs to street.

  • 5/26/09, 12:30PM, Broad & Morris Subway Station (stairwell concourse), 39 y/o female walking to subway platform when accosted from behind by unknown male who grabbed her and tried to put his hand inside her pants; male then fled to street.

  • 6/25/09, 4:45PM, Broad & Federal Subway Station (stairwell concourse), 26 y/o female walking to subway platform when unknown male approached her from behind, groping her. Male then fled to street level.

  • 7/8/09, 2:50PM, Broad & Tasker Subway Station (stairwell concourse), 58 y/o female walking to subway platform from stairway accosted by unknown male who ran up from behind, pulled her pants down and groped her. Male then fled to street level.

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