August 9, 2016 |
A SEPTA rider who took a Philadelphia tourist's bag containing her family's passports on Thursday returned the bag early Sunday morning following a public offer of amnesty from SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," said Ximena Estrada, 35, of Colombia. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow . I felt so grateful, so grateful. " Estrada and her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, have been visiting family in Philadelphia from South America since June.
March 31, 2016
NJ Transit police officers were targeted by hackers associated with the ISIS terror group who encouraged supporters to carry out "lone wolf" attacks on the officers, the agency confirmed. Caliphate Cyber Army, formerly known as the Islamic Cyber Army, recently posted personal details about 55 transit officers, SITE Intel Group, which monitors Jihadist cyber activity, reported earlier this month. Philly.com inquired about the SITE Intel report then, but NJ Transit did not reply until Newsweek published a story about the incident on Tuesday.
March 25, 2016 |
As an immigrant, Muibat Williamson has firm ideas about what the United States and its citizens should be about. So when a SEPTA police officer cut in line on Christmas 2013 as she waited in the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Suburban Station and then, according to her, stepped on her foot as he left, Williamson was not about to let it rest. "I said, 'Excuse me, you stepped on me. Aren't you going to apologize?' " Williamson told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday. SEPTA Officer Douglas Ioven said no, he didn't step on her foot, and wouldn't apologize.
October 30, 2015 |
Investigators have received several tips in Sunday's robbery of a man aboard the Market-Frankford Line who was later Tasered and tossed onto the tracks at the Millbourne station, a SEPTA official said Wednesday. A video released by SEPTA shows a man and a woman snatching the victim's bag while he was sleeping and then quickly leaving the train about 12:50 a.m. The victim awoke and chased the two onto the platform, where, after a brief struggle with the man, the woman Tasered the victim on the back.
October 20, 2015 |
HAVE YOU HEARD the one about the West Philly snake on the bus? Yeah, it was about 4 feet long. But SEPTA says it was no big deal. Hey-ooo! Sorry, but you are reading a tabloid and we're talking about snakes on a bus . OK, it was just one snake. And it wasn't even venomous. But still . . . panic anyway! Apparently, that's what some SEPTA passengers did when a young man walked onto the Route 52 bus yesterday with a boa constrictor slithering around under his jacket - then accidentally let the snake out of his grasp.
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN RONALD Bryant retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 28 years, he didn't want to be a greeter at Walmart or be stacking boxes at a grocery store. He wanted to do what he knows best: protect and serve. Last month Bryant, 55, joined the SEPTA Transit Police as a member of the department's second batch of "lateral transfers" - trained law-enforcement officials who swap gigs at other departments for a chance to watch over the city's mass-transit system - that the agency is trying to recruit.
June 19, 2015 |
A woman was attacked and slashed with a box cutter Wednesday morning while walking into a El stop in Frankford, SEPTA officials said. Transit police were still searching for the suspect in the case Wednesday afternoon, said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. The attack happened at 9:27 a.m., officials said, when a woman tried to enter the Margaret-Orthodox station of the Market-Frankford Line and got into an argument with a man inside the station....
May 29, 2015 |
I JUST SHOT a man. I may have shot him three times, I can't remember. Everything happened so fast. The call came in as a "domestic," one of the most dangerous calls for law-enforcement officers, and by the looks of this one, I get why. The woman who called police is in a panic. The man is stumbling in and out of the kitchen with a bottle of booze. Everyone's talking at once. I'm confused. "He just got out of jail. He's been drinking. He's already hit me, and he has a gun," she says.
April 3, 2015 |
SARAH-ASHLEY Andrews spread peace yesterday in the form of water bottles and Tastykake Krimpets. She, along with about a dozen volunteers, staged a "takeover" of the corner of 15th and Market streets, handing out the complimentary refreshments to passers-by as they ducked into the nearby SEPTA concourse. "We want to promote peace, to show these people positive role models," said Andrews, the founder of Dare 2 Hope, a grass-roots organization that promotes suicide prevention and awareness.
February 4, 2015 |
A TREMBLING VOICE on a cellphone video can be heard pleading, "Let me get out of this, man," as he is pummeled with fists on a moving cable car Friday night. "Slide out, yo - they callin' the cops," a voice says on the video. That's when the trolley comes to a stop and everybody exits. SEPTA police are investigating the cause of - and perpetrators behind - a vicious brawl involving as many as eight teens on a westbound trolley in Parkside that had departed Center City about 11:30 p.m. Two of the teens were stomped, kicked, punched and pounded as stunned passengers looked on. In the video, filmed by an onlooker, two teens shield their faces from flying fists while voices in the background are laughing and jeering at the spectacle.