Man Arrested in ‘Occupy' Assault: Cops

Homeless male "occupier" arrested for allegedly attacking another homeless protester in Occupy Philly encampment

Police say a homeless man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a homeless woman at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment.

Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, says the 47-year-old man was arrested around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after slapping and punching the woman. He is charged with simple assault.

Both the man and the woman told police they were affiliated with the protest. A member of Occupy Philadelphia said he could not immediately verify whether that was the case.

The protesters have had hundreds of tents camped outside Philadelphia's City Hall for more than a month. Organizers say the protest is meant as a show of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York and to make a statement about corporate greed and other issues.


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