Philadelphia Police Seek Help Solve Spree Of Sexual Assaults, Some Targeting Nightclub Workers
Philadelphia Police are seeking the public’s help in apprehending the person they say is responsible for a spate of recent sexual assaults and attempted attacks, many of which have targeted women working in nightclubs.
The first assault attempt came last Saturday when a man driving a silver or gray Dodge Charger with no visible license plate followed a bartender from his workplace in southwest Philadelphia to his home in Media, where he fled the scene.
Over the next three days, the man would strike five more times, said Captain Mark Burgmann of the police department’s special victim unit.
Four victims described the man as being of average height with a “stocky” or “stocky” build and “dreadlocks” or “braids”.
At around midnight Sunday, the man followed a woman from an Old Town men’s club to a parking lot in West Norriton Wawa, where she called the police. Later Sunday morning, he forced a woman out of her vehicle at gunpoint using a silver handgun and sexually assaulted her in an alley near Temple University Hospital.
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The next day, he followed a woman from a gentlemen’s club in southwest Philadelphia to her apartment building in Spring Garden. She called the police after a Dodge Charger with an obscured “piggyback” license plate and followed her car through the locked security gate of her parking lot.
On Tuesday, the man again followed a woman from a men’s club, this one in Whitman Park, to a building in North Philadelphia. The woman told police she ran screaming to a neighbor’s apartment after seeing a suspicious man slide down the wall towards her.
Later that morning, the man posed as an electrician and gained access to an apartment in the same apartment building where he sexually assaulted and robbed two people at gunpoint, using the silver handgun that other victims said they saw.
Police said he fled the assault heading south on Eighth Street towards Poplar Street.
Anyone with information can contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or [email protected]