2 arrested after man robbed, thrown onto SEPTA tracks

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Police say they have made two arrests in a brutal robbery and assault on a SEPTA platform.

Authorities have arrested a man and a woman who they say robbed a man and then forced him onto SEPTA tracks in Millbourne, Pa.

29-year-old Jackie Kohlepp of Philadelphia and 31-year-old Michael Osorio of Havertown are facing several felony charges.

The incident happened on October 25th on the Market Frankford Line.

Police say a passenger fell asleep on a westbound train in route to the 69th Street Terminal.

At the Millbourne Station, police say two suspects approached the male and snatched his bag.

The victim woke up and chased the two suspects, a male and female, off the train and a struggle ensued.

During the struggle, surveillance video shows the female suspect pulling out a Taser and shocking the victim twice in the back and once on the shoulder.

"When he's hit in the shoulder, he almost does a somersault onto the tracks - to the live tracks," SEPTA spokesperson Jerria Williams said.

The victim fell on his head on the tracks as the male and female robbers were captured on video making their getaway.

Pictured: Suspects in robbery of SEPTA passenger



Meanwhile, with the high risk of a train coming through, there was no one there to help the victim.

After some time, he woke up in a daze. He staggered and then fell right on top of the third rail. He remained there for 90 seconds before getting up.

Apparently he was somehow insulated from the high voltage:

"Fortunately there is a covering is for the safety of the third rail from elements, not from people, so he's very lucky," Williams said. "It is absolutely high voltage between 700 to 800 volts of electricity and it is just absolutely amazing that he survived that he was not harmed. Someone was looking out for him."

The victim was hospitalized for concussions and other injuries, but we are told he is going to be okay.

Authorities say after video of the incident was released, they received a number of tips that the suspects were known to frequent Haverford Township and the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Ever since SEPTA beefed up its police department and installed surveillance cameras just about everywhere, the agency has had a high success rate in capturing criminals.

SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestle says, "It's pretty simple - if you think you're gonna get away with committing a crime on SEPTA, you're stupid."

He says, "We're gonna catch you. Momma's gonna see you on the news and we're gonna find out who you are."

And that's what happened to Jackie Kohlepp and Michael Osario.

On Friday Haverford Township police responded to an unrelated incident near the Wawa store located at Darby and Manoa Road. During that investigation, Kohlepp and Osorio were seen in the front of the store and taken into custody.

Kohlepp and Osorio are charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, and theft. Both are being held after failing to post $100,000 bail.

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