Fitler Club employee in hospital after being stabbed

Mike Dougherty
November 20, 2019 - 9:42 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police say robbery is the likely motive for a Wednesday morning stabbing outside of a high-end social club in Center City.

Investigators say a 19-year-old man was walking to his job at the Fitler Club at 24th and Market streets just before 5 a.m. when a man approached him demanding money. 

The victim told authorities he gave the man $5, but the man wanted more. When the employee explained he didn't have any more cash, police say the suspect stabbed him three times in the abdomen.

The attacker took off, and the victim entered the building and called police. 

Police took him to the hospital, where he's expected to recover.

"I got a call on the radio stating that we got blood dripping from the second floor all the way down to the first, so when I got to go see, I seen one of my employees was basically cut up and bloody and everything," said a security guard shortly after it happened.

The Fitler Club sent emails to its membership, notifying them of the attack and ensuring them that measures are being taken to increase security.

Club members were turned away Wednesday morning, shocked to learn of the incident. 

So far, police have not made any arrests. Investigators are looking through surveillance video to get a good look at the suspect.