Police release images of LOVE Park rape suspect; FOP offers reward

Tim Jimenez
January 29, 2020 - 6:49 am
SEPTA surveillance images show a man suspected of raping a woman in LOVE Park early Saturday morning.

Philadelphia Police Department

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UPDATED 12:22 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's now a $5,000 reward from the Fraternal Order of Police for a tip that leads to the arrest of a man who police they say punched and raped a woman in LOVE Park early Saturday morning.

Police earlier released SEPTA surveillance images of the suspect. 

The 41-year-old victim had just gotten off the El at 15th and Market streets and was walking through LOVE Park when Special Victims Unit Capt. Mark Burgmann says a man snuck up from behind, punched her and raped her.

Witnesses heard screams for help and called 911. Burgmann says cops arriving on the scene tended to the victim and then chased the man to the SEPTA entrance across the street from City Hall.

"Our offender attempted to hide from the police by going inside the stairwell on the opposite side of the escalators," Burgmann said. "The police struggled with that male and attempted to take him into custody. He dropped approximately 20 to 25 feet to the concourse below."

At that point, he says, the suspect ran through the concourse and the cops lost him.