Over the last two days, we’ve told you about two separate incidents where women have allegedly been attacked by the same man on Broad Street, the man shown in the below photo, which was taken by one of the victims immediately after he punched her.
One incident occurred at Broad and Arch streets and the other at the Erie station on the Broad Street Subway. Both attacks happened in broad daylight, and in both cases, the man has not stolen anything from them. He’s simply punched them and then run away. Some have asked on Reddit and on Facebook whether this is evidence of the so-called “Knockout Game” arriving in Philadelphia. Well, now we have obtained a video. Read more »
George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, listens in court Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
This summer, as George Zimmerman stood on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, one witness after another testified to the genteel nature of “Georgie,” a man who was described as “physically soft” by Adam Pollock, the gym trainer who once instructed Zimmerman in boxing and grappling classes.
Witness after witness poured into the courtroom, testifying that Zimmerman was meek mannered, the type that would never hurt a fly. It was an easy picture to paint, since the allegations that he’d sexually abused his cousin for years were never admitted into court. Neither was the part about Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée filing a motion for a restraining order against him in 2005 because of domestic violence. According to the Miami Herald:
Last Thursday at 3:40 a.m.*, someone exited the Standard Tap in Northern Liberties and walked to his car, which was parked on Poplar Street between Front and 2nd streets. Shortly thereafter, say police, a man approached the car with a handgun. Read more »
6ABC reports: “Police have charged a suspect in the death of an aspiring teacher in South Philadelphia five years ago. The suspect, identified as Marcellus Jones, has been charged with murder and related offenses. Police say Jones shot and killed 23-year-old Beau Zabel on June 15, 2008.”
UPDATE 11/20 4 p.m.: A second woman has come forward alleging that the same man in this photo attacked her at the Erie station on the Broad Street Subway last Friday at approximately 1 p.m. The 25-year-old Temple Medical School student, who asks that we not use her name, says that he punched her in the face but did not take anything from her. He also allegedly jumped on her back. “I was wearing my bag across my body,” she says. “I’m not sure if he was trying to steal anything or not.”
The Washington Square West resident says that her face is still sore but that any visible swelling has gone away. She didn’t take a photo, but Septa Police have a video of the attack. The victim says that she is certain it is the same man. “It’s the same face, same facial expression, and it’s the same coat, hat and scarf that he was wearing,” she says.
Normally, crime victims in Philadelphia have to hope that there will be grainy surveillance images available to help police track down suspects, but one Philadelphian woman (who asked us to not use her name) has a decided advantage: a crystal clear photo that she took. Read more »
Monday was a bad day for Robert Mattei. The co-owner of the Nifty Fifty’s restaurants, known for their cheap hamburgers, thick milkshakes, and 1950s decor, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for his role in a tax evasion scheme that went on for more than 20 years, according to court records. Mattei had pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud in 2012. Read more »
You’ve probably seen the scary face injuries suffered by 14-year-old Joseph Williams last week: His family alleges Williams was beaten by Tullytown police who suspected him of shoplifting; police say he hurt himself running from them after he’d been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting—claiming the boy tripped and face-planted while his hands were cuffed behind him.
Now Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler says his office is investigating whether police committed misconduct in the case.
In an arraignment today, a judge told Eman Faki, the guy who drove backwards down the Rocky Steps in October, that he was not allowed to go near the museum for about a month, while awaiting a hearing. Oh and also: He charged him with reckless endangerment.
Filmmaker Lee Daniels has never been one to shy away from confrontation. Just watch any of his films, and that much is clear. And according to a new interview that the Philadelphia-area native gave to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, Daniels had some choice words for Oprah Winfrey, who stars in The Butler, his latest film. (The movie just opened in England.) Read more »