Dan Stamm

Deadly Stabbing on Platform at SEPTA's Jefferson Station

Part of SEPTA's busy Jefferson Station was closed for hours after a deadly stabbing on the train platform.

What to Know

  • The 10th and Filbert entrance to SEPTA's Jefferson Station was closed Thursday morning after a deadly stabbing on a train platform.
  • The killer left a trail a blood through the station, police said.
  • It would take hours to get the station back to normal operations.

A trail of blood marked a killer’s escape route after a deadly stabbing that closed part of SEPTA’s busy Jefferson Station through the Thursday morning commute.

The stabbing took place on a Regional Rail platform at the underground Center City station around 3:15 a.m., Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The victim, who had no identification on him, was rushed to nearby Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he died about an hour later, Small said.

The entire incident was captured on SEPTA surveillance video.

“You can see the perpetrator actually on top of the victim, who’s laying on the platform being stabbed numerous times,” Small said.

The suspect, in a white shirt, blue jeans and red high top sneakers, goes up the steps and exits the station on street level, leaving a trail of blood through the station, Small said. It’s possible the suspect was also injured.

Jefferson Station remained open Thursday with the exception of Section B and the entrance from 10th and Filbert streets, SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said. Trains that normally boarded on Track 2 boarded on Track 1 instead through the morning rush until finally returning to normal around 9:40 a.m.

SEPTA didn’t report any service delays during the closure but warned customers that delays could occur through the morning commute.

No word on a motive for the deadly incident.

This wasn't the only deadly incident to slow area train riders Thursday morning as a person was struck along New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor line, temporarily bringing trains to a halt between Metropark and Trenton.

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