Suspects Arrested In Random Attack Of Elderly Man In Germantown

By Jim Melwert, Dray Clark and Anne-Marie Green

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police say they have arrested two suspects who were caught on tape randomly attacking an elderly man who was walking down the street Wednesday afternoon.

Northwest Detective Sgt. Andrew Kensey says the 65-year-old Asian man was walking along the 400 block of Chelten Avenue in Germantown at about 3 p.m. when one of the teens snuck up behind him and struck the man in the head.

The teens then ran away from the scene and did not take anything from the victim.

“He has a severe head injury, brain bleed as a result. He’s lost several teeth. He’s lost some blood. His jaw has been wired shut,” Kensey explained.

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“This is a random, heinous act of violence on an innocent elderly male, who is walking down the street minding his business. This should not have happened,” Kensey explained.

The victim remains hospitalized in stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

The suspects turned themselves into police early Thursday morning. Police say they are a 16-year-old and a 19-years-old named Samuel Cave of the 400 block of Champlost Street. Investigators say they believe Cave is the one who struck the victim.

Sources say the mother of one of the suspects recognized her son on television and had her son turn himself into police. The second suspect later followed suit.

“I was upset with the guys that hit the elderly man,” said Cave’s mother Carol. “I was saying, ‘They should go to prison.'”

Sources also say the suspects reportedly admitted to their roles in the crime. They will be charged with Aggravated Assault, robbery and related offenses.

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  • noname

    Thank you Mom’s for stepping up and having your children take responsibility for their actions. obviously you are a person who at least tried to raise them better than that and while they may pay harshly (as they should) for this now you may have saved their future, extended their lives and saved their souls. And most of all, saved some innocent people from getting hurt in the future.

  • Thomas

    some of the racist comments here are really nasty.

    • Spartacus

      Watch the video and you will see two really nasty racists. Works both ways dude.

  • Joe Black

    Throw them under the jail,losers.

  • Sameole

    Definately a hate crime. Blacks singled out an Asian, it wasn’t random. Rember the South Philadelphia High School cover up?. So let’s have the Federal Goverment prosecute this crime. under the Hate Crime Laws.
    Yea, right.

  • jimdet

    The man they savagely hit was Asian. This is not a hate crime though. Blacks cannot commit hate crimes. Only whites can.

  • Anna M

    I hope the appointed judge gives them 10 plus years. It’s sad to say, but Judges like Juanita Kidd Stout are over. The judges today are a joke. I agree with Ms. Kilocyne.

  • sick and tited

    Give em a choice…10 years in jail or lose 2 fingers on each hand while they watch without sedation

    • anon513

      Now that’s something I would suggest also.

  • Kathryn Kilocyne

    Hopefully the judge won’t just slap them on their wrists and send them off to terrorize innocent victims again!!!! This once again is the Phila. Judicial system is lacking in the correct punishment for the crime committed! God help the judge who sends them out in the streets again! Let them sit in jail for a long time!!!

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