Philadelphia attack: 4th victim comes forward to say she was assaulted by woman

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The search continues for a woman accused of assaulting people on SEPTA and on the city streets.

Police say all incidents were unprovoked, and on Tuesday night a fourth victim came forward to speak out about their frightening ordeal.

Last week, a photo of a suspicious woman following a brutal attack on a student at the University of Pennsylvania in Center City circulated among law enforcement officials.

SEE ALSO: University of Pennsylvania student attacked in Center City; female suspect wanted

“As the clip went on, I saw her face and went numb,” said Frankford’s Samantha Retamar. “I was like, ‘That’s her! She’s the exact same woman that hit me!’”

Retamar said it happened around 5:30pm on September 1 while she was on the Market Frankford Line between Somerset and Allegheny stations.

“Out of nowhere I just felt bang, smack on the left side of my face and I was just in shock, so I looked up and there was a woman,” Retamar said. “And she called me names and yelled at me.”

Retamar claims the suspect tried to hit her again and a Good Samaritan intervened. She said the suspect then got off in Allegheny.

Philadelphia police are searching for this woman, who is wanted in connection with multiple unprovoked assaults in Center City.

SEPTA police say officers stopped and identified a suspect but were unable to arrest him under the PA’s Code of Criminal Procedure. Retamar said she suffered only one mark on her face after the attack.

“What really annoyed me was that she punched me in the eye,” said Retamar. “I had a retinal detachment in the same eye a few years ago, so I got hit in that eye, it could have blinded me.”

SEPTA police believe the same suspect is responsible for two attacks on November 20 involving a Villanova student and a University of Pennsylvania student.

The suspect is also believed to have assaulted another person on September 1.

SEE ALSO: Second woman speaks out after brutal unprovoked attack in Center City

SEPTA has filed an affidavit for an arrest warrant against the suspect and is awaiting prosecutor’s approval.

“She definitely must be suffering from some kind of mental illness and that’s why the pictures of her on all the patrols were being circulated, so we were really on the lookout for her,” said SEPTA Police Captain Rodger Walls.

A SEPTA spokesman said they recently received a tip about a second possible person of interest who may have committed some of the attacks. They say that the top priority is to clearly identify the perpetrator.

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