City Offering $20K Reward in Downtown Slaying

A 47-year-old man was stabbed to death on Broad Street just before Pope Francis' visit. Philadelphia police have released video of their suspect.

Center City killing suspect

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During the World Meeting of Families conference in September, a man was fatally stabbed at Broad and Arch streets. The killing happened on 6:40 a.m. on September 24th, just two days before Pope Francis’ visit to Philly began.

But with papal preparations in full swing and the pope’s arrival two days later, the incident outside JFK Behavioral Health Center disappeared from the news almost immediately. The stabbing was not connected to the World Meeting or the pope’s visit.

Cops have now released video of a suspect in the killing, and are asking the public’s help in identifying him. The City of Philadelphia is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this suspect.

Prior to the killing of the 47-year-old man in the Center City incident, the suspect boarded a Broad Street Line subway train at Tasker-Morris Station. He took it to Race-Vine, where cops say he stabbed the victim, who was later pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.

He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jacket and tan pants, and had with him a royal blue backpack and a yellow plastic bag. Police say he may be homeless.

Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide division at 215-686-3334/3335. Confidential tips can be called in to 215.686.8477, texted to 773847 or submitted online.