Philly police seeking man accused of beating up autistic man on SEPTA bus

Mike Dougherty
November 28, 2018 - 11:52 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police have released video of a brutal attack on a SEPTA bus, and they are trying to track down the person who beat up a 34-year-old man with autism.

In the video, the suspect, believed to be in his 30s, can be seen knocking the victim to the ground, straddling him, and raining down punch after punch.

This happened at about 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 26 near 20th and Market streets on the Route 48 bus. Captain Sekou Kinebrew says the victim took quite a beating.

"What you see is one person striking another person with a barrage of punches and kicks while that person is on the ground. That second person of course is the victim. He's on the ground, and all he's doing is covering himself up to stop from being attacked," Kinebrew said. "The attack was so viscious, it looked like the aggressor's phone dropped either out of his hand or out of his pocket and he had to retreive it."

And then he kept punching.

The victim was taken to the hospital for bumps and bruises. Police are concerned and want to track down the attacker. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call police.

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KYW Newsradio's Kristen Johanson contributed to this report.