Cops: Teen Chased Bike Thieves on Second Bike, Got Beaten Up

Philadelphia Police say a 17-year-old had his bicycle stolen near the Art Museum. He gave chase on a second bike, but was assaulted when he caught up to the thieves.

Philadelphia Police today released video of several teenagers they say are suspects in a bicycle robbery and beating that took place in late November.

Here’s what happened, per the cops: A 17-year-old was riding his bicycle at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum, near where Martin Luther King Drive starts at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Eight teens jumped him and took his bike. He then grabbed a second bike and chased them; when he caught up, the teens assaulted him, and tried to take his phone and the second bicycle.

Police later found video of the teen suspects in Center City on Instagram. They released a description that’s pretty generic — “Group of approximately eight black juvenile males, 15 -16 years-of-age, wearing wind breakers and hooded sweatshirts, all riding bicycles” — but perhaps you or someone you know recognizes these kids from the video.

Cops are asking anyone with information to call Central Detectives at 215.686.3093 (or 215.686.3094). Anonymous tips can also be called into 215.686.8477, texted to 773847 or submitted online. All tips are confidential.

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