Northeast Times

Man arrested for Wissinoming Park teen rape

Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted a 26-year-old man near the Frank­ford SEPTA ter­min­al early Sat­urday after he al­legedly snatched a 14-year-old girl and sexu­ally as­saul­ted her in nearby Wissi­nom­ing Park.

The at­tack oc­curred at about 2:25 a.m., po­lice said. The girl re­por­ted that the man ap­proached her in the park, grabbed her phone and bag, pushed her and as­saul­ted her sexu­ally. He then ran away with her phone, po­lice said.

The vic­tim made con­tact with a pass­er-by, who con­tac­ted po­lice. Armed with a de­scrip­tion of the at­tack­er, of­ficers ar­res­ted the sus­pect at the corner of Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Bridge Street a short time later. Po­lice did not re­lease the iden­tity of the al­leged at­tack­er.

The girl was taken to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for eval­u­ation, then re­leased, po­lice said. Her iden­tity has not been re­leased.

In speak­ing to WPVI-TV, the good Samar­it­an said that he first saw the girl at Brill and Charles streets lean­ing on a car, trem­bling and cry­ing. He asked her what was wrong.

The girl replied, “she said she just got raped down the street from some guy,” said the good Samar­it­an, who asked the sta­tion not to broad­cast his name.

The sta­tion fur­ther re­por­ted that the girl had walked to­ward the park from the SEPTA ter­min­al just pri­or to the at­tack. ••

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