Boys sought for pelting homeless man with rocks in South Philly bank


Philadelphia police are seeking two boys caught on surveillance camera pelting a homeless man inside an ATM vestibule with rocks.

The boys are wanted for aggravated assault for striking the 42-year-old homeless man with rocks repeatedly and ramming him with a grocery cart.

The attack occurred at a TD Bank at Oregon Avenue and Fifth Street in South Philly on May 29 around 10 p.m. after the homeless man “sought shelter from the rain inside the vestibule” of the bank, police said Thursday.

“While avoiding the rain, the victim was tormented by two unknown black males who pelted the victim with rocks then fled the area in an unknown direction,” a police report stated.

Surveillance video from the bank shows the boys pulling the bank doors open and enter with a grocery cart filled with detritus, which they use to ram the man. The boys are then seen hurling rocks at the victim as he pushes the cart back and vainly holds his hands up to block the projectiles and defend himself.

The boys left briefly before returning to attack him again.

“While curled in the corner suffering from his wounds, the suspects returned to attack the victim again,” police said.

The boys threw more rocks, and can be seen throwing some objects at the surveillance camera inside the bank vestibule before fleeing.

“The victim was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was treated for minor cuts to his head and neck pain and is listed in stable condition,” police said.

The suspects were described by police as two black male juveniles wearing dark hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information about the attack is being asked to call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPDTIP (773847).

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