Monday, August 3, 2015

Video: Man, 75, pummeled in Philly convenience store

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Police are searching for a man in a purple shirt that viciously attacked a 75-year-old man buying tickets last month at the counter of a gas station store in Philadelphia.

The incident was captured on the store's surveillance video, and the Philadelphia Police Department's Central Detectives are releasing it publicly in hopes of identifying the assailant.

According the police, the attack occurred at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 18 inside the Getty Gas Station convenience store on the 2400 block of North Broad Street in North Philadelphia.

The video shows the victim purchasing lottery tickets when a large male attacks him from behind and sucker punches him on the right side of the face, causing him to fall on the floor.  The suspect then continues to attack the victim by punching and kicking him while he's down.

The suspect stole the victim's lottery tickets and $40 in cash as a hapless clerk looked on. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

The suspect is described as a partially-balding black male, about 6'0″, 240lbs, with dreadlocks in back. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a metallic bag with shoulder strap.

Police ask that anyone with information to call 911.  Tips can also be submitted by phone at 215.686.TIPS (8477).  Or, they may be submitted by text to PPD TIP or 773847.

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