Teens Arrested, Charged in Grocery Store Attack

Three male teenagers under arrest as police search for 1 more suspect

By Lauren DiSanto, David Chang and Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Oct 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:59 AM EDT
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Teens Arrested, Charged in Grocery Store Attack

Philadelphia Police

The attack happened Saturday shortly before 10 p.m. at the Pathmark on Franklin Mills Boulevard.

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Three teenagers will be arraigned Thursday, charged as adults in the caught on surveillance camera beating and robbery of a man inside a Northeast Philadelphia Pathmark over the weekend, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Kevin Tavarez, 17; Tomas Eanes, 18, and Jose Ruiz, 17, were taken into custody for Saturday's attack inside a Pathmark on Franklin Mills Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia

One more suspect remained on the loose Thursday morning.

Credit: Philadelphia Police

Police say a 47-year-old man was approached by three young males and a female. One male began to attack him and struck him with a glass bottle, according to investigators. Police say the victim then fell to the floor and the other three suspects began to kick and punch him.

One suspect then allegedly took the victim’s money clip containing $100 in cash. All four suspects fled the store in a four-door hatchback, possibly a Chevrolet Aveo, according to investigators.

All three teens face conspiracy, robbery, assault, reckless endangerment and related charges. Tavarez also faces a terroristic threats charge.

If you have any information on this incident, please call the Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153. 

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