(Philadelphia Inquirer) Philadelphia Police have released surveillance video of a suspect attacking a 23-year-old man on a SEPTA train in an attempt to rob him of a phone.
Passengers rushed in to help the victim. It's not clear if the incident was a case of a so-called 'knockout' attack some media are reporting as a trend, or a robbery gone violent.
According to police, the attack occurred 8:30 a.m., Oct. 30 when the victim was on the Frankford Elevated train traveling toward 69th Street. He noticed a nearby man acting suspicious.
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As the train approached the Berks Street station, the suspect suddenly lurched at the victim, punching him in the face demanding his cell phone. Passengers rushed in to help, but the suspect fled the train at the Berks Street stop.