Point Breeze man arrested on rape, robbery charges

A 41-year-old man who followed a woman from a SETPA station in North Philadelphia and raped her in a parking lot was arrested, and is being held in the Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility, police announced Monday.

Joseph Woods, of Point Breeze, allegedly followed a woman from the Broad Street Line stop on Lehigh Avenue and pulled a knife on her around 9 p.m. on May 26. He forced the woman into a parking lot on 15th Street where he raped and robbed her, police said.

Joseph Woods
Joseph Woods, 41, of Point Breeze, is being held on $1 million bail. (Philadelphia Police photo)

Woods, of Mountain Street near 18th, was arrested after a tipster recognized him from surveillance video the police department released to the public last week. He was also arrested on charges of indecent assault, simple assault and harassment on June 3, according to court documents.

Woods faces 16 criminal charges, and his bail has been set at $1 million, according to court documents. He’s scheduled to appear in court on July 5.