Exclusive: 3 Women Attacked In South Philadelphia, Suspect At-Large

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The same day the suspected Society Hill attacker was captured, Eyewitness News learned the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit is investigating a new series of attacks.

Three attacks, including two just this week, have investigators wondering if a sexual predator is on the loose in South Philadelphia. Police say all of the attacks happened late at night to women walking home.

On Tuesday, police say a 20-year-old woman was attacked in the 1000 block of 12th street. Just a day earlier, a 19-year-old woman told police she was grabbed and groped in the 1100 block of 13th street. Police are now trying to determine if the same man is responsible for a third attack in the 900 block of Moore Street in May.

Women in the neighborhood are on alert and knowing her attacker is still roaming the streets has one of the victims nervous.

The victim asked to remain anonymous. Through a translator, she told Eyewitness News she had just gotten home, was reaching for her keys when someone grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth with a towel and dragged her down the street. She says the man tried to sexually assault her, but she fought him off and he ran away.

Her neighbors admit they too are concerned and they will be cautious, but some say living in fear is not an option.

Martha Curren-Preis said, “I really couldn’t see changing my pattern of behavior because I’m afraid.”

Kate Green added, “Obviously, I feel for these women and it’s awful that every time we leave our house, as women, you have to be aware of the fact that there are predators out on the street. I carry things in my purse so if I do get robbed, I have some kind of defense for myself.”

According to police, the suspect description is vague so investigators will return to the neighborhood to look for any surveillance video and to re-interview the victims.

Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3

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  • Carolyn

    I carry a key ring with a lot of metal on it! come and get it…TRAUMA MUGGER TURNED MY VICTIM!!!

  • Wise One

    typo: “… could BRING the savage down …”

  • Wise One

    I’m really surprised at the lack of comments. One warning to the lady who says she carries “things” in her purse to help defend her. Go to youtube.com and watch the videos on women handling pepper spray canisters. You should have and carry in your hand on open position (NOT IN YOUR PURSE, which is the first thing the savage will grab) a pollce-grade pepper spray canister which ypu can purchase on line or at a gun shop.. But you must practice using the canister because they are not easy to discharge. But one blast, aimed at the savages eyes, with your arm fully outstretched to avoid back spray, could being the savage down, but you must keep spraying until you can escape.

  • Wise One

    It’s actually very simple. Is the savage black or white? Then we can proceed from there.

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