OXFORD CIRCLE — Two teenagers, 18 and 16 years old, got off a SEPTA bus at the same spot, five days apart. They told police they were sexually assaulted, and their descriptions of their attackers resembled each other’s.
Both reported incidents happened within the past week. Now, the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is investigating the similar cases they’re calling “a sexual assault pattern,” and looking for a suspect.
Police say the first incident happened last Tuesday, Oct. 15. At 12:15am, the 18-year-old victim was walking west on the 1200 block of Levick Street after getting off the SEPTA #14 bus at Levick and Bustleton Avenue in Oxford Circle.
“an unknown black male followed and approached her from behind. He led her to the rear driveway on the 1200 block (of) Elbridge Street where he sexually assaulted her, then took her phone and fled through the driveway.”
The victim described the man as between 20 and 25 years old, 5’8” tall, with a dark complexion, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Police released video of the suspect that was taken during the second incident.
They say that attack happened Sunday, Oct. 20. At 10:30pm, the 16-year-old victim had just gotten off the SEPTA #14 bus at Levick Street and Bustleton Avenue.
She reported there, at the intersection,
“An unknown black male approached her from behind and pulled her jacket up over her face. He then pulled her into an alleyway while telling her not to make noise; then sexually assaulted her. The suspect then took the victim’s phone and fled in an unknown direction.”
The victim described the man as having a large build, wearing gray sweatpants, white socks and black slides (flip flops).
Police ask that if you recognize or see the suspect, do not approach him. Instead, call the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3264, or 911, or their tip line immediately. You can also email, text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847, or click here to submit a tip electronically. They say all tips will remain anonymous.