Teen charged in Fox Chase beating

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in the seem­ingly un­pro­voked beat­ing of a man out­side a Fox Chase pizza par­lor on Nov. 11 while au­thor­it­ies con­tin­ue to in­vest­ig­ate the motive for the at­tack.

Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted the youth near the scene of the crime at about 6 p.m. last Thursday. Patrol cops iden­ti­fied the youth based on a phys­ic­al de­scrip­tion provided by the 29-year-old vic­tim. Po­lice have not iden­ti­fied the youth or the vic­tim pub­licly.

The at­tack oc­curred at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. The vic­tim was walk­ing in­to Ver­ree Pizza at 7959 Ver­ree Road when he passed a group of young people and one of the teens asked him for a ci­gar­ette. As the man handed a ci­gar­ette to one of the youths, three or four males jumped him, po­lice said. They punched and kicked him re­peatedly.

The vic­tim was hos­pit­al­ized with bruises and cuts to his head, face and eyes.

Two young wo­men were in the com­pany of the at­tack­ers, po­lice said. All fled the scene after the beat­ing.

The 15-year-old has been charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, con­spir­acy and re­lated of­fenses. Au­thor­it­ies have re­leased no in­form­a­tion about oth­er sus­pects.

Dur­ing the bi­monthly meet­ing of the Fox Chase Homeown­ers As­so­ci­ation and Town Watch on Nov. 13, neigh­bors com­plained about a group of young people loiter­ing routinely in the area of Ver­ree Road and Rhawn Street but re­por­ted noth­ing about a beat­ing. Neigh­bors said that they did not re­cog­nize any of the loiter­ers as loc­al res­id­ents.

A man identi­fy­ing him­self as the vic­tim in the Nov. 11 at­tack told a TV news sta­tion that the thugs took noth­ing from him, so rob­bery didn’t ap­pear to be a motive.

Po­lice have not com­men­ted on wheth­er the beat­ing may have in­volved a copycat scen­ario in which the young people were in­spired by re­cent news me­dia and In­ter­net-based re­ports of sim­il­ar un­pro­voked at­tacks across the coun­try. ••

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