NBC10 - Daralene Jones
Police continue the search for the man who has raped four girls in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Philadelphia school police are asking principals to tell their students to warn parents about the suspect until he is caught. NBC10's Daralene Jones reports.
Police are on the hunt for a man who they say sexually assaulted four teenage girls in the Germantown section of the city.
A $2,500 reward is being offered by the Citizens Crime Commission in the series of attacks against girls as young as 12 years old.
On March 19, the suspect allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl who was waiting for her school bus on the 1100 block of Price Street. On March 23, police say he raped a 17-year-old girl on the 900 block of Chelten Avenue. Police say he was armed with a gun during both assaults.
On May 19, police say the suspect was riding on a mountain bike and spotted a 15-year-old girl walking on the 6000 block of Wister Street from a friend’s house. As the girl walked past an alley, the suspect allegedly approached her, took out a gun and told her not to look at him. He then allegedly forced her into an alley where he sexually assaulted her. He then fled north on Wister Street, according to investigators. Police say they are currently reviewing surveillance video of the suspect riding the bike.
Finally, on Sunday, police say the suspect sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl at gunpoint on the 1100 block of E. Chelten when he forced the girl into a recreation center.
“It’s a dangerous situation here,” said Philadelphia Police Captain John Darby. “We’ve got a guy with a gun. Young female victims. We’ve got to get this guy off the streets.”
The suspect is described as a medium to stocky built man in his late 20 to early 30s, standing 5-foot-7-inches to 6-foot-1-inches tall. Police also say he was wearing a mask and a hooded sweatshirt during every assault.
If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please call Philadelphia Police.