Robbery, stabbing in Fairmount Park

Posted: February 11, 2012

Police are investigating an early morning robbery and stabbing in the city's Fairmount Park section, just blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

A 32-year-old man who lives in the area was walking in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 4:35 a.m. when a man came up behind him and pressed an object into his back, saying it was a gun, police said.

The unidentified suspect forced the victim into a wooded area behind a nearby playground. When the victim turned and faced his attacker, he realized the assailant was actually carrying a knife, authorities said.

The victim tried to shove past his attacker but the suspect slashed at him, cutting him repeatedly, police said. When the victim fell to the ground the suspect stabbed at him more, and hit him with a stick.

The struggle ended when suspect was startled by a car horn, autorities said. The attacker ran away with the victim's I-Phone, credit card and $20.

The victim was treated and released at Hahnemann Hospital with cuts to his arms, legs, chest and back, police said.

Police described the suspect as black, about 20 years old, 5'10", thin, with scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a brimless hat, dark jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information should call Central Detectives at 215-686-3093.

Contact staff writer Mike Newall at 215-854-2759,, or @MikeNewall on Twitter.

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