Temple University employee stabbed in arm during 'unprovoked attack'

By6abc Digital Staff and Leland Pinder WPVI logo
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Temple University employee stabbed in arm during 'unprovoked attack'
Temple University employee stabbed in arm during 'unprovoked attack'

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A Temple University employee was stabbed Tuesday morning in what university officials call an unprovoked attack.

Temple's public safety department says the incident happened at about 7:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of W. Montgomery Ave.

The employee, who was on their way to work, was stabbed in the right arm, the university said. Their credit card was stolen during the incident.

The suspect was last seen heading toward 8th Street.

Detectives released surveillance photos of the suspect, hoping the public could help them identify the man.

A big lead in the case came when investigators were able to track the suspect's movement to a nearby business after they attempted to use the victim's credit card, according to Temple University Police Deputy Director of Organizational Affairs Michael Smith.

The employee was alert and conscious when they were taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment.

The suspect is facing robbery and theft charges.

As a new semester begins, the university encourages the community to familiarize themselves with the university's safety resources. Visit the Temple Public Safety website for more information.

Students are also saying they will take precautions when it comes to their safety around campus.

"Sometimes I will, especially if it's late at night, I will switch my route," said freshman Ezeyeh White.

Anyone who has information about the stabbing is asked to call 215-204-1234.

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