3 women walking down South Philadelphia street brutally attacked without provocation by man – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A brutal, unprovoked attack has been captured on video. Three women were walking along an East Passyunk sidewalk minding their own business when a man approaches and begins to hit them. The brutal assault happened Wednesday night in the 1200 block of Morris Street and left the neighborhood jittery.
The assailant took nothing from his victims, casually walking away when it was over. We would like to warn you that this video is difficult to watch.
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“I heard screams,” said a neighbor.
Three women were walking in the 1200 block of Morris Street on Wednesday evening shortly before 11:30 p.m. when a stranger came from behind and, out of nowhere, punched one of them in the face with such force that she fell to the ground. As her friend tries to intervene, he punches her in the head and knocks her into a parked car, where he walks in for another hit. When the third woman tries to stop him, he pins her against a wall and begins to swing until she stumbles backwards onto the sidewalk.
“They were screaming so loud,” said a neighbor. “They were screaming for their lives.”
Neighbors who heard and saw the attack are still in shock.
“It was just ridiculous the way he was beating this young lady. And the other two ladies, they were helpless,” a neighbor said. “They tried their best. Two of them jumped on him and he knocked them down.
As to how the unprovoked attack began, the man paced for a moment, appearing to charge towards one of the women, only to continue past her.
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“It was just amazing. He just stopped and casually walked down the street,” a neighbor said.
The police arrived a few minutes later, but the man fled.
Why he did this is still unknown.
“Just to know that you can do nothing and be attacked is really scary,” Emily said.
Now this community wonders if he will try something like this again.
“I’m at the point where it’s dark, I just don’t come out of my house,” Emily said.
The women were treated for their injuries in hospital.
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Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who did this as their investigation continues.