Videos of supermarket assault lead to arrests


On­line videos of an as­sault and rob­bery in­side a Frank­lin Mills su­per­mar­ket helped po­lice learn the iden­tit­ies of three sus­pects and ar­rest them last week.

One of the videos was sur­veil­lance foot­age of the Sept. 29 at­tack on a 47-year-old man at the Path­mark on Frank­lin Mills Boulevard. A second, which was pos­ted to You­Tube, was taken by a young wo­man who was with the three Felton­ville teens who al­legedly beat and then robbed the vic­tim, said Cpl. Frank Dom­iz­io, a po­lice de­part­ment spokes­man.

The on­line post­ings promp­ted tips to po­lice, Dom­iz­io said, lead­ing to the Oct. 3 ar­rests of Kev­in Tav­arez, 17, of the 200 block of East Elean­or St.; To­mas Eanes, 18, of the 200 block of East Elean­or St.; and Jose Ruiz, 17, of the 400 block of East Rock­land St. All have been charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, rob­bery and re­lated of­fenses, po­lice said.

Tav­arez and Ruiz are charged as adults, said Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s spokes­wo­man Tasha Jamer­son.

The at­tack oc­curred at 9:55 p.m. Sept. 29 when the vic­tim, who was shop­ping in the mar­ket, was ap­proached by the three teens, po­lice said.

On sur­veil­lance foot­age, po­lice said, one of the boys can be seen hit­ting the vic­tim with a glass bottle. When the vic­tim fell to floor, the oth­er teens began to kick and punch him. One of the boys took $100 from the vic­tim, and they all fled the store in a four-door Chev­ro­let Aveo, po­lice said.

Dom­iz­io said the vic­tim’s in­jur­ies were not life-threat­en­ing. He said the young wo­man who was with the three teens is a wit­ness.

To view the sur­veil­lance video, vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice You­Tube Chan­nel or vis­it ht­tp://philly­po­


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