Police charge homeless man with viciously attacking three people

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Marcus Jones faces numerous charges.

Philadelphia police have arrested a man they say attacked three people - leaving one woman in critical condition - during a two-day robbery rampage in North Philadelphia.

Marcus Jones, 22, who police said is homeless, has been charged with attempted murder and related offenses in connection with the attacks.

In the first attack, Jones approached a 53-year-old woman on the 900 block of North Watts Street at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday and beat her unconscious, punching and kicking her as she lay in the street, police said.

The woman, who was found unconscious and bleeding heavily in the street, was in critical condition Thursday at Hahnemann University Hospital.

On Wednesday, detectives searching for witnesses in the case went back to Watts Street, where they found a second victim, a 61-year-old man who told them Jones had robbed and assaulted him earlier that day.

He said Jones had just walked by him, and pointed officers toward North Broad Street, where police found Jones walking on the 800 block.

He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

The 61-year-old victim continued to talk with police, and mentioned that Jones had attacked another man that day as well.

Police found the third victim, a 43-year-old man, at Hahnemann, where he was being treated for deep cuts near his right eye.

He told police that Jones, whom he knew from the neighborhood, had sucker-punched him on the 900 block of Carlisle Street on Wednesday afternoon. He said Jones hit him several times in the face and tried to stomp on his head while he lay on the ground.

In addition to the attempted-murder charge, Jones has been charged with two counts each of robbery, aggravated assault, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property; and three counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.


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