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Philadelphia Teen Nearly Thrown On Center City SEPTA Rails

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia teenager is lucky to be alive after she was attacked at random and nearly thrown onto the SEPTA tracks in Center City.

Courtney Wilcox, 17, tells Eyewitness News she was targeted at random by a stranger at the Walnut-Locust station.

“I saw my life flash before my eyes,” said Wilcox. “It was scary.”

Wilcox was standing on the southbound side of the station after a day of shopping with her sister-in-law when 33-year-old Alex Alia allegedly tried to push her into the path of an oncoming train.

“He grabbed me from the back and I grabbed his book bag that he had on and I swung myself around so I could push him off of me,” she explains.

Wilcox says she only had moments to spare before the train sped past and there were no other SEPTA riders on the platform when the attack happened.

“It was 10 feet away and it was still moving. If I didn’t fight him off, I would’ve been dead down there.”

The teenager was able to break free and contact SEPTA agents for help.

Alia was arrested at the scene and the entire incident was captured on surveillance video.

Sources say Alia has a lengthy criminal record consisting of as many as 35 prior arrests.

Watch the video…

Reported by Natasha Brown, CBS 3

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  • Tom McGrath

    Revolving door repeat offenders keep the system going and as said above a BIG JOKE. The Mayor, Police Chief and Judges look good and sound great in front of a TV camera. Here once again as in most crimes 35 priors and still going. Who really cares?

    All the above comments are right on the money. This is today’s news only to be forgotten tomorrow and this guy will be back out soon due to some fast talking Defense lawyer and a no care Judge. Do I hear 36?

  • L

    CBS, how about posting a picture or at least a description of that Alex Alia? I live on Locust, near the station. If the police can’t help people by keeping this guy locked up, then maybe you can do some public service and help us stay away from this dangerous person.

  • Hater

    Sources say Alia has a lengthy criminal record consisting of as many as 35 prior arrests Let him go live at the liberal judge’s house when he lets him out again. Keep voting demoncrat you morons.

    • Hater

      Hey no bail, great minds think alike.


    Sources say Alia has a lengthy criminal record consisting of as many as 35 prior arrests,why is this guy on the streets with his record?The 36 arrest is for attempted murder don’t let this guy out again Philly courts are a joke.

  • grumpy

    Why are so many of these repeat offenders out there? A long criminal record??
    Who is looking out for the normal people in this country? Maybe we should switch to caning these people in public. We need to find a good deterrent to criminal activities. Looks like Courtney is one of the lucky ones but how many more are going to be unlucky?

    • Anonymous

      Don’t you know that the criminals have more rights than the victims in this country? We need to go back to the olden days where criminals had no rights, no cable tv, no tv period. Where they just sat in the cells and had nothing to do but think about the crime they commited and how to do better IF they ever got out. Back in those days, they believed in keeping you locked up. Today, they just let them out no matter how horrible the crimes they commit. The judicial system is, indeed, a BIG JOKE!!

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