PHILADELPHIA – A simple request for a cigarette lighter at a SEPTA stop ended in a terrifying beating caught on tape. Luckily, the suspect is off the streets.
Police say a young woman was approached by a man at the Broad-Ridge Spur at the Chinatown stop. The man asked her for a lighter, then lunged at her and began to beat her before dragging her by the ankles and throwing her onto the train tracks below.
“By the time I zipped my jacket back up, that’s when he was on me, on my neck. I was just telling him, ‘I don’t have no money,’ and he was just like, ‘Shut up,’” recalls the victim, who did not want to be identified.
By Jenn Bernstein