$10,000 Reward Offered in South Philly Sexual Assault
The City of Philadelphia routinely offers a $10,000 reward in homicide cases, but now the Mayor’s Office has stepped up with a $10,000 reward in a sexual assault that occurred on Monday in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia. The man seen here is the suspect in the attack.
On Monday morning at 5:30 a.m., a 35-year-old woman awoke in her bedroom on the 1800 block of South Rosewood Street to find a man standing over her. According to police, the man placed his hand over her mouth and then demanded money. Then he allegedly sexually assaulted her before taking $10 in cash, her car and house keys as well as identification.
According to a source familiar with the investigation, the man is believed to have hidden behind the shower curtain of a bathtub in the house for hours, waiting for the woman and her housemate to fall asleep. He wore a mask during the assault but slipped up when he then removed the mask and used the victim’s car keys to steal her vehicle, a silver Toyota that was parked nearby. The car was recovered a few blocks away. Police were able to retrieve surveillance video, seen below.
The suspect is described by police as follows: “Black male, 20-30 years-of-age, 6’0”-6’2”, medium build, wearing a mask, wool hat, black pants, black long-sleeved zip up jacket/sweatshirt and red gloves.”
Police are investigating whether the suspect in this crime is the same man who is wanted for a similar sexual assault that occurred in Point Breeze in March. In that case, the suspect demanded money from the victim before sexually assaulting her, and he also wore gloves, which may have been red or orange.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Special Investigation Unit at 215-685-3251 or the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS. If you see him, call 911 immediately.