Police: Man in Center City strikes transgender woman, yells slurs

Police said Saturday they are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who allegedly struck a transgender woman and called her homophobic and transphobic slurs near Philadelphia City Hall on Friday.

At about 4:40 p.m., a transgender woman was walking with two friends on John F. Kennedy Boulevard near Broad Street, in Center City, when they were approached by an unknown man on the sidewalk in front of the Masonic Temple, according to police.  

As words were exchanged, the man struck the victim while shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs, police said. The video showed the man holding a plastic bag and a packaged food item. He appeared to have thrown the packaged item at the person holding a camera and appeared to have struck that person with the plastic bag. He then fled, running north on Broad Street, police said.

The suspect, believed to be in his early 20s, has a thin build and no facial hair. He was wearing an orange-and-black hooded jacket and brown pants.

Anyone with information about him is asked to contact Detective Domenic or Detective Waring of the Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093 or -3094, or call the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous.