Teen Arrested for Subway Gropings: Officials

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly groping several women on the subway in South Philadelphia.   The attacks began on April 25 and all ranged in severity, according to officials.

The suspect crept up on women from behind before grabbing and fondling his victims, police told the Philadelphia Daily News.  One report stated that the boy tried to reach his hand down one of the victim’s pants.  In the most extreme case, he pulled down a woman's pants before pushing her to the ground and fleeing, the paper reported.

The victims were between the ages of 24 and 58, police said.

Three of the four reported assaults took place at the Tasker-Morris station, while the fourth took place at Ellsworth-Federal.  All attacks took place between noon and 5 p.m.

The suspect was able to get away by running up the subway stairs and into to city streets, where he disappeared among crowds of people.

Police used the surveillance images from SEPTA security cameras along with information gathered from surrounding neighborhoods to find the boy.

The boy was charged with aggravated assault, indecent assault and simple assault along with several other related charges.

The boy’s name has not been released since he is a minor.

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