VIDEO: Suspects Beat, Rob Man Inside Northeast Philadelphia Supermarket
By Elizabeth Hur
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police are searching for four suspects who were caught on tape beating and robbing a man and his brother during a random attack inside a Northeast Philadelphia supermarket.
The attack happened at about 10 p.m. on September 29th inside the Pathmark on the grounds of the Franklin Mills Mall.
On Tuesday night, Eyewitness News uncovered cell phone video of the incident and spoke to the victims exclusively.
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To call what you see and hear on the cell phone video, disturbing may not do it justice. Police say the entire incident is outrageous and to learn the video was even captured then later put on Youtube baffles investigators and angers the victims. The video has since been taken off line. But the damage has already been done.
“I can’t believe children that’s what they are, are out there doing this to innocent people. It’s unfair.”
The woman asked that we don’t use her name. Her husband and brother-in-law are the victims in this case. Both men also asked to remain anonymous but by sharing their story, they’re hoping no one else has to endure their pain.
The 47-year-old victim said he must now undergo reconstructive surgery as a result, “My eye, my cheek and my nose are both fractured. This event should have never ever happened.”
His brother added, “I got hit in the back of the head. I don’t know who did it or why.”
The store’s surveillance cameras captured the suspects park in the store’s front lot and enter the store.
While inside the store, the suspects approached the 47-year-old victim, who was looking at items inside a freezer. At first, the suspects engaged in a verbal confrontation with the victim.
The altercation then escalated into a physical attack, during which the victim was punched, kicked and struck with a glass bottle.
One of the suspects then took the victim’s money clip, which contained $100 in cash. The suspects then ran out of the store and drove away in a 4-door hatch back, possibly a Chevrolet Aveo.
The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, medium complexion, 20-years-old, 5’8”. He was wearing a blue jacket, t-shirt and tan shorts with a baseball hat and had earrings and a nose ring.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20-years-old, about 6’0” tall with a dark complexion. He had an afro and goatee and was wearing a red long-sleeve shirt and tan pants.
The third suspect is described as a Hispanic or Asian male, 5’6”, with a stocky build and was wearing a blue track suit.
The fourth suspect is described as a Hispanic female with dark hair, wearing a red coat and blue jeans.
The 47-year-old victim said, “I put it on the parents and I hope the parents are out there and they see this because you know what your child looks like.”
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His wife added, “If these are your children? Please come forward and help us. You need to help your kids. I would not tolerate this with my kids.”
His brother added, “I’m afraid they are going to go and do this to some other unsuspecting person.”
When Eyewitness News reached out to Pathmark, Eyewitness News was asked to get off their property. Pathmark’s spokesperson Marcy Connor later released the following statement:
“An unfortunate incident took place at our Northeast Philadelphia Pathmark on Sept. 29. We continue to work with local authorities and cannot comment on the ongoing police investigation regarding this incident.”
Police ask anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call 911 or 215-686-TIPS (8477).