Man accused of beating, raping woman in LOVE Park held on all charges

Paul Kurtz
February 20, 2020 - 4:46 pm
Quindell Campbell

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 23-year-old Olney man accused of raping a woman in LOVE Park last month has been held over for trial on all charges. 

During a preliminary hearing Thursday, prosecutors presented three witnesses, including the victim of the Jan. 25 attack. 

She recounted her daily routine — walking to work through LOVE Park around 5:30 a.m. — but that day, she sensed someone following her. She described in graphic detail how she was punched to the ground and raped.

She screamed for help, but she said the defendant, Quindell Campbell, told her to be quiet or “I will hurt you.”  

She broke down in tears on the stand, screaming out, “I can't live right no more. He messed my life up.

“I wake up in cold sweats,” she continued, shouting. “I used to love LOVE Park, and now I hate that place.”

Assistant District Attorney Dana Masciantonio applauded her courage for speaking out.

“I don't think it's ever unexpected for a victim to start expressing how they feel, especially when it's a preliminary hearing and it's so close in time to when the incident actually happened,” she added.

Judge Wendy Pew also heard from the police officer who chased the alleged attacker. Officer Carlos Dreyfus testified that he and Campbell got into a brief struggle at 15th Street Station across from City Hall before Campbell squirmed away, jumped from a ledge onto the concourse, and ran off.

The detective who rounded up surveillance video also testified that he seized Campbell's cellphone and found a call to Uber shortly after the incident, and Google searches for “rape,” “Philly rape” and “LOVE Park.”

Campbell was held on all charges, which include rape, aggravated assault and a slew of related offenses. He'll be arraigned on March 5.