Six suspects between the ages of 11 and 14 are now in custody in connection with the brutal beating of a woman on a Philadelphia street that left the victim unconscious late last month, police told WPVI-TV.
Police told the station five of the six suspects in custody surrendered, while the sixth suspect — a 14-year-old female — was arrested at her home. There are eight suspects total.
Investigators added to WPVI that there’s a warrant for another 14-year-old female and authorities are still working to identify a juvenile male suspect.
The department said several people in a group assaulted a 33-year-old woman at 15th and Chestnut Streets just after 7 p.m. Feb. 23.
Police said the attackers knocked the woman to the ground and continued to punch and stomp her until she was unconscious. Police are calling it an aggravated assault.
A portion of the attack was captured on surveillance video, and images of all eight suspects also were captured:
Police said the victim suffered injuries to her head, face, and body; she was transported to Jefferson Hospital for her injuries.
Police noted that seven of the eight suspects are now identified and asked for the public’s help in identifying the eighth suspect:
7 of the 8 individuals wanted for this assault have been ID'd, and charges have been approved by @philadao . We are currently working to take 7 juvenile suspects into custody, and request the public's assistance in identifying the remaining suspect. Call 215-686-TIPS w/ info. pic.twitter.com/6kaSe5x2TQ
— Philadelphia Police Department (@PhillyPolice) March 10, 2023
Police added that if you see a suspect, contact 911 immediately instead of physically approaching.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial or text 215-686-TIPS (8477), police said, adding that all tips will be confidential. You also can use this electronic form to submit a tip anonymously, police said. If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, contact Det. R. Williams (DC 23-09-006668) at 215-686-3093/3094.
Victim speaks out
The victim of the attack spoke to WPVI but didn’t want to give her name or show her face; she told the station that while nothing tangible was stolen from her, her peace of mind was taken away.
“For eight kids to completely just take away any sort of comfort that I feel walking down the street, it just makes me sick,” she told the station.
She added to WPVI that “it was, like, not even fully dark yet” and “tons of people” were in the area when the attack happened — but those people “just kept walking, like nobody stopped until I was, I guess, unconscious, which I don’t remember.”
The woman gave the station a warning for others: “I just want everyone to be really cautious, like walking around, which shouldn’t happen. It shouldn’t have to be like that.”
She also had a message for her attackers, WPVI said: “This doesn’t have to be your life. I’m completely about second chances, but that shouldn’t be something that you feel okay doing and high-fiving your friends afterward. You can change, and you can do something good, but it doesn’t have to be like this.”
The victim’s father, William Corse — a longtime doctor in suburban Philadelphia — told WTXF-TV “someone tapped her on the shoulder, she turned around, and they smacked her on the head, she went down, and her head was stomped on.” Corse told WTXF his daughter suffered a broken orbital bone and widespread bruising and required stitches.
“This is not the behavior of a normal juvenile delinquent,” Dr. Corse added to WTXF. “I don’t know if they enjoyed the violence, but this behavior is just subhuman.”