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Philadelphia Police: 2 Girls Sexually Assaulted On Way To School 2 Days In A Row

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia police said that two days in a row, a man has grabbed teenage girls after they got off Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) trains on their way to school and sexually assaulted them.

Philadelphia Police Captain James Kearney told reporters at a press conference on Friday morning that the first attack occurred at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 20, WTXF reported.

Capt. Kearney said the first 15-year-old victim was on the subway when the male suspect tried to start a conversation with her and she ignored him.

Investigators said that when the high school girl got off the train at the 8th Street stop on the Broad Ridge Spur, the suspect followed the teenager, WTXF reported.

Capt. Kearney said the suspect pushed the girl under a staircase and attempted to sexually assault her.

But the girl escaped before he successfully raped her, and fled out of the train station, WTXF reported.

The suspect followed his young victim to the street, caught up with her, and then forced her into a nearby apartment where he proceeded to sexually assault her.

Police said the suspect is described as a man in his early 20s, about 5-feet-8-inches tall with a slim build, braids, and a beard, WTXF reported.

The suspect was last seen wearing a blue Nike hoodie and blue distressed jeans and sneakers in surveillance videos filmed near the area of the attack, according to police.

Philadelphia police were investigating a disturbingly similar attack on Friday morning, too, WTXF reported.

Capt. Kearney said that on Oct. 21, a 13-year-old girl left the subway station at Broad and Race streets on her way to school when she was approached by a man on the street.

The captain said the suspect told the little girl he had a gun and forced her in the stairway of a parking garage on Cherry Street where he proceeded to sexually assault her, WTXF reported.

Then the suspect walked his victim toward her school and the two were captured on surveillance video by cameras located along the route, according to officials.

Capt. Kearney said investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the same suspect could be the perpetrator of both attacks, WTXF reported.

However, the captain said that no evidence has been found yet that directly linked the two alarmingly-similar sexual assaults on girls headed to school.

Officials have asked that anyone with information about the suspects or the sexual assaults should contact Philadelphia police at 215-686-8477.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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