Northeast Times

Officer stabbed in Torresdale

A Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer is re­cov­er­ing from stab wounds to the stom­ach after rob­bers at­tacked the off-duty patrol­man Monday night while he jogged in his East Tor­res­dale neigh­bor­hood. 

Of­ficers in the 8th dis­trict rushed to the 4800 block of Grant Ave. near the Tor­res­dale train sta­tion at about 10 p.m. when the off-duty cop re­ques­ted an “as­sist,” said Of­ficer Tan­ya Little, a po­lice de­part­ment spokes­wo­man.

The vic­tim, whose name was not re­leased, re­por­ted that he was walk­ing or run­ning in the street when he felt someone pull on his sweat­shirt. When he turned, he saw two rob­bers, one of whom de­man­ded his valu­ables.

The vic­tim sur­rendered his iPod, then pulled out his wal­let and showed the as­sail­ants his po­lice badge, Little said. The sus­pects still took $60 from him, then ran west­bound on Grant Av­en­ue. The of­ficer chased them. When he caught up to them, a “phys­ic­al al­ter­ca­tion” oc­curred, dur­ing which one of the men stabbed the of­ficer twice in the ab­do­men, Little said. The sus­pects fled.

Para­med­ics ar­rived at the scene and took the vic­tim to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale, where he was sta­bil­ized, treated and re­leased. Chief In­spect­or Scott Small de­scribed one sus­pect as a white man, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall, with a scruffy beard and a gray hooded sweat­shirt. No de­scrip­tion was avail­able of the second sus­pect. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••  

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