CENTER CITY (WPVI) --The victim of an assault at the SEPTA subway station at Race and Vine in Center City is sharing his story.
It happened on Thursday afternoon, as a mob of young people began throwing punches, kicking and stomping on another group of teens.
Jarod, one of the victims, arrived at SEPTA headquarters on Monday to help transit police identify those who attacked him and several schoolmates.
It happened when they tried to stop the mob from throwing ice at some others.
"They were throwing ice blocks at both the high school students and the middle school students as we were going out," said Jarod.
When asked if the attackers were also high schoolers, Jarod said "Some of them were, some of them looked older, so we couldn't really tell. We got into the subway and there were, like, 30 waiting for us."
Detectives hope the 17-year-old can help identify at least some of those who brutalized him and his friends just after school let out.
"We were just blindsided by it, we couldn't really do anything," Jarod said. "They had my friend on the ground, like 10 on him, so I had to step in and do what I could."
Somehow the thugs got his iPhone number and have been making threatening calls and sending texts as well. He says he will not be intimidated and wants justice.
Police sources tell Action News that investigators are quickly closing in on those responsible for the attack.