New images of suspects in attack on Philadelphia school officers

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Police release surveillance of officers being attacked in Northeast Philadelphia. (WPVI)

Police have released new images of three suspects wanted in the assault of school officers in Northeast Philadelphia.

The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Monday on the corner of Cottman and Castor.

PHOTOS: Officers attacked in Northeast Philadelphia

Authorities say two school police officers were escorting Northeast High School students after dismissal.

The officers then noticed two adults assaulting a student.

The officers separated the student and the adults to stop the assault.

"Those school officers intervened in attempting to stop the assault of the student, when they do so, the two offenders that are involved in this shift their focus onto the school police officers," Lt. John Stanford said.

Police say an argument ensued between the school officers and the adults.

One of the adults then pushed and shoved the officers.

The officers began defending themselves.

That's when one of the adults threw one of the officers to the ground. Another suspect punched the second officer in the face.

Police say a third male joined the other adults and all three began to assault the officers.

Witness Baher Alfroukh says he watched the whole thing unfold outside of his pizza shop.

"I tried to break up the fight, but there were too many guys. I went inside and called 911," Alfroukh said.

When it ended, the males ran away and the officers were left in need of medical assistance.

One officer suffered a broken jaw and lost some teeth; the other officer had some bruising after reportedly being punched in the face and pushed to the ground.

On Tuesday night, Philadelphia police released the cell phone video of the incident.

"It's very disturbing, you have adults that are not only about to assault students, but they also get into a fight with our school police officers," School District of Philadelphia spokesman Fernando Gallard said.

The district says neither officer was armed.

"We're going to work real closely with Northeast Detectives to get some witness statements and some other investigations going on to find them," Brenden Lee, the Executive Director of Philadelphia School Safety, said.

Gallard said the officers were doing their job.

"Their job is to walk the neighborhood when students are released from school," Gallard said.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 5'8, 185 pounds, muscular build, 20 years-of-age, dread locks, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and gray sweat pants.

The second suspect is described as a black male, 5'10, muscular build, 20 years-of-age, blonde and black hair, wearing a green muscle shirt, and red sweat pants.

The third suspect is described as a black male, 6', thin muscular build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and black pants.

Anyone with information should call police at 215-686-TIPS (8477).
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