Video: Thug robs man, 86, in a SEPTA elevator

Posted: August 03, 2012

Police are looking for a man who they say violently assaulted and robbed an 86-year-old SEPTA passenger in an elevator at the Church Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line last month.

The attack was captured on video by a surveillance camera.

Around 9 p.m. July 2, according to police, the victim got onto an elevator on the westbound platform at Church Street in Frankford and was followed on by a man who pushed him into the corner of the lift, grabbed him by the throat and went through his pockets, stealing his wallet and $500 cash.

Cops said the violent robber then held the victim until the elevator returned to street level and took off in an unknown direction.

Police described the attacker as a white or Hispanic man, about 6 feet tall, who wore a black baseball cap, white T-shirt, black shorts, white ankle socks and black sneakers.

Tipsters should call police in the Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153, the police tip line at 215-686-8477 or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).

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