Man Robbed By Group In Subway Concourse

Posted: June 21, 1989

About 30 youths attacked and robbed a man in the subway concourse at 15th and Market Streets yesterday afternoon and then were chased out by police officers, who made six arrests, authorities said.

Nathan Butcher, 19, of the city's West Oak Lane section, was walking through the concourse about 12:30 p.m. when he saw the youths, ranging in age

from about 13 to about 18, running toward him and shouting, according to police Detective Joseph Sweeney.

One youth ripped two gold chains from Butcher's neck. While Butcher struggled with the youth, several others started to punch him, Sweeney said. Butcher, a maintenance worker at the University of Pennsylvania, broke free and fled. He ran onto the subway platform on the east side of the tracks, jumped down and ran across the tracks, scrambled onto the west platform, and raced up to street level, where he found police Officer Mary Gannon, Sweeney said.

With three other officers, Gannon went down into the concourse and pursued the youths, chasing them out of the concourse and apprehending six suspects, Sweeney said.

One of the suspects was identified as LaVance Flowers, 18, of the 5500 block of Winter Street in West Philadelphia. The others were juveniles and were not identified by police: three 13-year-olds, a 14-year-old and a 15- year-old, Sweeney said. All were charged with robbery, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

Butcher sustained minor injuries but declined medical treatment. His gold chains were not recovered, Sweeney said.

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