A man beat a woman in North Philadelphia and tried to shove her body into a trash bag in an attack that was thwarted by a hospital worker.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said the man approached the woman along Frankford Avenue – across the street from Aria-Jefferson Health, Frankford Campus – around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night and began beating her head and face.
The man then grabbed a green trash bag, emptied the contents and tried to put the unconscious woman inside, Small said.
A hospital worker witnessed the attack and yelled at the suspect who ran from the scene.
"It was a good thing that witnesses yelled and startled this individual and that's when he stopped and fled on foot north on Frankford Avenue," Small said.
The hospital worker rushed to revive 29-year-old woman before taking her into the emergency room where she was listed in critical condition. The victim suffered facial trauma that left her almost unrecognizable, investigators said.
The suspect was described as a thin 5-foot-10-inch man with braided hair, police said. Police wre sifting through surveillance video, hoping it would help them in the investigation.
Anyone with information on the attack should contact Philadelphia police.