Man wanted for SEPTA sex assaults in South Philadelphia turns himself in

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A man wanted by SEPTA for two counts of sexual assault on the Broad Street Line turned himself in Saturday morning.

Police have not identified the suspect but say he faces charges of indecent assault and other related offences.

The man is accused of following a woman from City Hall tube station to Tasker-Morris, where he is said to have groped a woman on Monday night.

“He approaches her, stands over her and, without saying a word, grasps her breast,” Lt. John Hewitt.

Police say the suspect then walked the platform until he found his next victim about 15 minutes later.

“He asks her for a cigarette, she gives him the cigarette she smoked, he then asks her for a kiss. She declines, he grabs her around the waist, pulls her towards him and then gropes her,” Hewitt said.

So far this year, 154 indecent attacks on SEPTA have been reported. Drivers say they are concerned about the random attacks.

“It could have been me or anyone else, you know,” said South Philadelphia’s Taylor Williams. “Especially at night I get shy because it gets dark and there are hardly any people down there.”

Police say reporting these types of crimes is important.

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“Our second victim did not report the incident until the following night. She went home and reflected that she didn’t want another person to be bullied in the same way,” said Lt. Hewitt.

By reporting incidents, investigators can understand a possible pattern and work to prevent further attacks.

“Our concern is always the escalation. This is just a lewd assault at this point, but it could easily turn into a violent sexual assault. We want to get this guy off the streets as soon as possible,” Hewitt said.

Police are asking any victims or anyone who recognized this man to provide an anonymous tip.

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