Video shows woman wanted for SEPTA beatdown

A woman throwing punches at a fellow SEPTA rider on May 31. Police released video of the beating to help locate the assailant.
A woman throwing punches at a fellow SEPTA rider on May 31. Police released video of the beating to help locate the assailant.
Posted: June 22, 2012

Philadelphia Police have released a video of a beating on a SEPTA bus in hopes of apprehending the woman who committed the assault.

On the afternoon of May 31, the Route 23 SEPTA bus was on the 5700 block of Germantown Avenue when a woman, wearing a pink shirt and white-framed sunglasses, boarded the bus, sat down only for a moment, then rushed over to a man near the back, and punched and slapped him at least 15 times about the head and shoulders.

As seen on the video, the victim puts up his arms to ward the blows, but doesn't fight back, but finally stands up, showing he's much taller than his attacker.

At least eight passengers are seen sitting near the assault and watching without intervening.

The woman, described as stocky, black and about 5-foot-5, got off the bus at the Germantown and Chelten Avenues and "fled on foot in an unknown direction," according to police.

The man told police the woman was a total stranger, and he did nothing to provoke the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353. "If you see this female, do not approach, contact 9-1-1 immediately," police caution.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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