Cops: Two men involved in pregnant woman's beating death

Homicide Capt. James Clark said at least two men were involved in the fatal beating of a 21-year-old pregnant woman outside Traffic Court earlier today.

Tovoyia Owens, 21, left the court shortly before 2 p.m. with a man who is believed to have been her boyfriend. They "got into a physical altercation with two other males," Clark said, and Owens was knocked unconscious. She died at Hahnemann University Hospital shortly after 3 p.m.

Clark said the medical examiner would rule on her exact cause of death. It was unclear how far along Owens was in her pregnancy. A traffic court sergeant darted outside the court, at 8th and Spring Garden, and apprehended one of the suspects, he said. It was unclear if the other suspect was in custody.

Detectives were reviewing footage from several nearby surveillance cameras. "Hopefully we'll get the incident on tape and arrest the individuals responsible," Clark said.

Tipsters can contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or -3335.

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