Victim’s Photo Leads to Arrest in Broad Street Puncher Case

Lesson: Don’t punch someone who is holding a camera.

Colt Younger

In November, we told you about the woman who took a photo (left) of the man who allegedly punched her at Broad and Arch, a split second after he hit her in broad daylight. That same man was also accused of punching another woman within the same week at a SEPTA station at Broad and Erie. Now, police have a suspect in custody.

Colt Younger, 26, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of simple assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and harassment. That’s his mugshot on the right. His capture occurred in no small part because of the photo that the victim managed to capture. Younger, who resides in Germantown, is locked up in lieu of $25,000 bail.

SEPTA Police originally questioned Younger prior to Thanksgiving. At that time, SEPTA spokesperson Jerri Williams told me that Younger was operating “at a diminished capacity.”

There was a lot of debate over whether these incidents were examples of the so-called knockout game in Philadelphia. Knockout game or no knockout game, we’re just happy to learn that the police have someone in custody.

“It makes me feel a bit like it’s more of a single crazy person and not like North Philadelphia is just a difficult place to be,” says the woman who was attacked at Broad and Erie. “Though obviously if it really is the knockout game, it’s something bigger and arresting this one person isn’t going to solve the problem.”

Below, video of the Broad and Erie attack:

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  • MystiKasT

    Blacks are 13% of the U.S. population but they commit 52% of all violent crime.

    • MystiKasT is a Douchebag

      It is a known fact that there is a discrepancy between how many white people commit crime and are arrested. Not even mentioning the socio-economic factors that influence why blacks would commit a violent crime. Therefore, your quick and un-thoughtful statistic holds little merit.

      But, you’re right. White people are pure and without blame. Black people are a horrible problem that should be eradicated.

      • Bob Kennerson

        Quit making excuses for the unconscionable behavior of those who commit crime. They know right from wrong, regardless of their socio-economic status. You and others hide behind the race card and you’re only pitiful excuse makers, not offering legitimate REASONS or actually being proactive to fix the problem. The problem is those who are committing these crimes have no moral compass whatsoever, no fathers at home, their mothers were probably teens when they got pregnant and promiscuity was and is the order of the day and there is no stigma attached to a black woman having a baby out of wedlock. That, in itself, causes economic issues. God gave us all a sense of reason–that’s what separates us from other animals.

        • citywide

          D.Trump (and the like) have a moral compass? Its so easy to get up in arms about street crime, and it is a crime, and not even break a sweat over the big ticket affairs. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, ask your father since 2 parent households and the divorce that usually follows, helps so much.

  • Bob Kennerson

    So tired of these sick thugs. Time to get them off the streets and in jail for good.

    • RightsTough

      How about DEAD? Why pay to house these cowards?

  • Guyg

    Just gotta slam those white people.They are the root of all your problems,hey duffus.
    Go to school ,better yourself;Sucker punching white people is not the answer.

    • rofl

      Yeah, just get a quality education in the Philadelphia public school system, duh! If only you weren’t such a moron and just thought of that!

  • Linderr

    Whats with calling it the Knock GAME??? Its a SUDDEN ASSAULT!! Stop glorify this vilent act it with calling it a game. Games are for people who agree on the rules!

  • Linderr

    Whats with calling it the Knock Out GAME??? Its a SUDDEN ASSAULT!! Stop glorify this vilent act it with calling it a game. Games are for people who agree on the rules!

    • RightsTough

      Great observation and excellent comment!


    Younger was operating “at a diminished capacity” WTF?

  • RightsTough

    I can’t wait until someone pulls out a gun and shoots a BUNCH of these useless thugs and then these retards and their parents will start screaming RACISM!!! Is their a tax paying citizen in America who isn;t sick and tired of virtually everyone rationalizing the behavior of these punks? Here’s how you KNOW these kids are cowards: They only punch someone when they are traveling in packs. COWARDS!!

  • Paenus Allota

    I’m not racist. Racism is a crime, and crime is for black people.

  • john_freeman0130

    Psssst. The knockout game is a myth. The NYT said so. Let’s go polar bear hunting instead.

  • Anila Abhay