SEPTA worker shot during holdup in Strawberry Mansion talks to Action News

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SEPTA worker shot during holdup in Strawberry Mansion. Vernon Odom reports during Action News at 4pm on October 10, 2017. (WPVI)

A SEPTA worker is recovering after being shot during a holdup in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section.

The victim, 47-year-old Robert Wongus, was confronted while walking to catch a bus for work along the 3100 block of Ridge Avenue around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

"He demanded for me to give him what I had on me at the time, and as I was backing away from him I see an oncoming car going northbound and I ran toward the car," Wongus told Action News by phone on Tuesday.

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SEPTA worker shot: Katherine Scott reports during Action News at 6:30 a.m. on October 10, 2017.



Wongus said that's when he was shot in the leg.

The suspect fled east from Ridge Avenue onto Susquehanna Avenue and remains on the loose.

A Good Samaritan came to Wongus' aid.

"I was laying in the middle of the street and he was driving past, and I asked him can he give me a ride to the hospital because I've just been shot. He was a Good Samaritan, he helped me in the car, and took me to Temple Hospital.


The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s with a slender build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Police were checking to see if surveillance cameras in the area captured any part of the incident.

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