Teens ‘rude and outlandish’ before alleged SEPTA attack

Police arrested three teenage boys, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, for allegedly assaulting a SEPTA driver Saturday afternoon.

Authorities caught up with the suspects on the 5400 block of Pachall Avenue and took them into custody without incident. They are charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.

Police said that the three suspects boarded the Route 52 bus at 52nd and Chestnut streets around 1:50 p.m. and “engaged in rude and outlandish behavior using profanity and obscene language.” When they reached their stop at 5400 Greenway Avenue, one of the teens allegedly grabbed the driver, 52, and pulled him off the bus.

Once the driver was on the pavement, all three of the suspects assaulted him, punching him repeatedly in the face, police said. They then fled southbound on Greenway Avenue.

The driver was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he received stitches for facial lacerations forehead and was treated for a broken nose.

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