Woman raped in Frankford


The may­or’s of­fice has put up a $10,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of a man who beat, raped and robbed a wo­man on a Frank­ford street Aug. 29.

The vic­tim had ac­com­pan­ied a young­er friend to a bus stop and was walk­ing home near Griscom and Church streets at 12:17 a.m. when a man came up be­hind her, punched her and forced her in­to an al­ley, said Capt. John Darby, com­mand­er of the spe­cial vic­tims unit. The man, who the wo­man didn’t know, con­tin­ued to beat the 24-year-old wo­man, choked her and sexu­ally as­saul­ted her, Darby said Tues­day. The wo­man may have lost con­scious­ness, the cap­tain said.

He said it was a vi­ol­ent at­tack that had no ap­par­ent mo­tiv­a­tion.

“This was ab­so­lutely ran­dom,” Darby said.

The man took the wo­man’s hand­bag, which con­tained ID and a phone, and fled. The vic­tim had been re­peatedly punched in the head and face, Darby said.

Po­lice are cir­cu­lat­ing a photo of the man taken by a sur­veil­lance cam­era. He is a slender black man with a me­di­um to dark com­plex­ion who stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and is about 20 years old. He has short black hair and was wear­ing a white T-shirt, dark pants and dark shoes.

Darby said sur­veil­lance video pos­ted on the po­lice Web site is par­tic­u­larly telling be­cause it shows how the man tar­geted his vic­tim and went right after her, and it shows the view­er how the man walks. Darby hopes a friend or a fam­ily mem­ber will re­cog­nize the man and turn him in. ••

To view the sur­veil­lance video, vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice You­Tube Chan­nel or vis­it ht­tp://philly­po­lice.com/news. Any­one who sees this man should not ap­proach him, po­lice said, but should im­me­di­ately call 911. To sub­mit a tip via tele­phone, dial 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.End­Frag­ment 

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