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Subway Attack: Suspect Held By US Police
Police investigating a horrific attack on a woman on the Philadelphia subway have arrested a man.
Surveillance video shows the 23-year-old woman being viciously punched and then dragged across the platform.
She is then pushed onto the railway track at the station in the city's Chinatown neighbourhood.
The attack happened around 3.30pm on Tuesday, after the suspect initially approached the victim and asked for a light.
The woman miraculously suffered only cuts and bruises and managed to climb off the tracks onto the opposite platform.
Police say they arrested the man around 2.30pm on Thursday, identifying him by his distinctive, multicoloured jacket with an image of the Taj Mahal on the back.
"It was so distinct that we tried to keep the description of that jacket in law-enforcement circles, because it was our best lead on clearing this," transport police Chief Thomas Nestel said during a news conference.
Officers said a mobile phone belonging to the woman was also recovered.
However the police decision to keep quiet about the attack was criticised by some for leaving a potentially dangerous suspect at large with no public warning.
Unlike two recent fatal subway attacks in New York, the woman was not thrown in front of an approaching train, Chief Nestel said.
However, he advised subway passengers to "always be aware of their surroundings" and avoid standing close to the edge of the platform.
what do you think?
Life in prison for this thug - life meaning life, hot like in the UK
What a thug..give him the electric chair.
Forget the chair throw him on the line!!!
yeah how many people would have a jacket with the Taj Mahal on it, what n evil thug, no repect for others or a defenceless female trying to do him a favour. What he pick up from the floor after i wonder? Hope he gets what's coming to him inside.
Her mobile phone, maybe?
Barbara, if it was a phone he probably answered it when the police rang it. Dumb thug
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No point in saying what u think as orange seems to disallow peoples point of view ie can't use words like r*@#*t but can use paedophile this refers to another news item so obviously if the orange police don't like it it won't b shownakes me wonder what they have to hide
Shouldn't wish bad things on people, but It's difficult sometimes.
They should have barriers that lower into the platform once tube is stationary so that this cant happen
A good idea
Gotta say Shirley ur not my kinda person, but I guess the feeling is mutual, but that's a great idea, barriers that come up and down at the edge of a platform. Their is a few stations on London jubilee line that have the platform closed off. Doors open when train arrives.
This is horrific to watch. Standing on the platform always makes me feel vulnerable and uncomfortable. I never stand with someone behind me if i can avoid it. Screening it off seems like a good idea.