What to Know
- A person of interest is now in custody after video surfaced of a dirt bike rider attacking a driver and then pulling out a gun following a crash in South Philadelphia, according to police.
- Police said the suspect also threw cinder blocks and bricks at the victim's window.
- The victim suffered minor injuries from the attack and broken glass.
A person of interest is now in custody after video surfaced of a dirt bike rider attacking a driver and then pulling out a gun following a crash in South Philadelphia, police said.
Philadelphia Police said Thursday that a person of interest was identified and arrested. They have not yet revealed the specific charges against him.
On Tuesday, shortly after 6 p.m., a 25-year-old man was driving with his 13-year-old brother north on Broad Street behind several dirt bikes and quads. The group of bikes stopped abruptly on the 1100 block of Broad Street, causing the man’s car to strike one of the bikes, police said.
The driver told police he got out of his car to see if the rider of the bike was hurt. The dirt bike rider allegedly became hostile and demanded payment for the damages to his vehicle.
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Police said other dirt bikes surrounded the driver’s car while the dirt bike rider attacked him. The driver managed to get back into his vehicle and lock the doors but the other dirt bike riders began throwing garbage at the car. The dirt bike rider involved in the crash then allegedly grabbed several bricks and cinder blocks and began throwing it at the victim’s car, breaking several windows.
Police also obtained video from social media showing the suspect attacking the victim and breaking his car windows. At one point in the clip, the suspect returns to one of the parked dirt bikes, takes out a gun and walks toward the victim’s vehicle when someone else stops him and the group flees.
"Like most, I was both shocked and sickened by the utter lawlessness I saw in that video," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. "The individual responsible is in custody, and I want to thank our detectives for their quick work in identifying the suspect. I also wish a speedy and full recovery to the victims of this senseless assault."
The victim suffered minor injuries from the attack and broken glass. His father, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 his son returned home from the hospital after getting X-rays.