Teen pepper-sprayed SEPTA passenger in unprovoked attack, police say

Police are searching for a man who allegedly pepper-sprayed a passenger aboard a SEPTA train.

Authorities are searching for a teenager who allegedly pepper-sprayed a passenger in the face on SEPTA's Broad Street Line in March, according to police.

Investigators with the Philadelphia Police Department said a 35-year-old victim was riding the SEPTA subway train around 1:30 a.m. on Mar. 14 when the assault took place. 

The suspect is described as a heavyset Black male wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black and white sneakers, and a backpack.

Anyone with information should contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-8477, or submit an anonymous tip on their website.

The attack comes at a time of elevated safety concerns for both passengers and staff at SEPTA stations. Police are searching for a group of teens who were allegedly captured on video beating a SEPTA employee at the City Hall Station. Days later at the same stop, a man was shot three times. 

Elsewhere in the city, Philadelphia has to shutdown a Market-Frankford line in Kensington to address safety concerns after the popular stop fell into disrepair. 

Transport Workers Union Local 234 boss Willie Brown called for SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel and accused him of "not properly protecting riders and transit workers" by leading an understaffed force and not properly charging violent offenders. 

Nestel told reporters last week that he would not resign and sought outside assistance to help quell the violence plaguing Philadelphia's subway system.


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