Police are investigating the assault and robbery of two teen girls only blocks away from the Temple University campus.
On October 6, at 2:30 a.m., police say two 18-year-old girls were walking east on Dauphin Street towards Broad Street. The two teens then began to talk to two men, according to officials. The men then left when they reached the 2300 block of North Watts Street. That’s when, police say, the teen girls were approached by two other men.
One man allegedly grabbed one of the girls and slammed her to the ground. Police say the suspect then took the girl’s purse containing her ID, check card and keys. The second suspect allegedly tried to take the second teen’s cell phone but was unable to do so. Police say both men then fled the scene north on Watts Street.
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Police say both girls suffered minor injuries during the incident.
Officials say neither victim is a student at Temple University. However, a Temple University spokesperson says the area where the girls were robbed is considered “off-campus” and many Temple students live there. The University pays extra for Philadelphia Police to patrol neighborhoods just outside the campus.
“You have the parties and the frat parties,” said Tamika Stansbury, a Temple student. “They’re allowing the outsiders who don’t attend the college to come into the parties and then at the same time they’re scoping things out.”
The first suspect is described as a 20-year-old man wearing a purple shirt and dark-colored jeans. The second suspect is described as a 20-year-old man with short hair and tattoos on his upper chest, wearing a white t-shirt and dark-colored shorts.
If you have any information on this incident, please call Philadelphia Police.