Attacker Throws Victim onto Subway Tracks in Philadelphia

Published 01/18 2013 10:42AM

Updated 01/18 2013 10:45AM

PHILADELPHIA -- A woman escaped with only cuts and bruises after being thrown onto subway tracks during a vicious attack in Philadelphia.

The assailant and the 23-year-old victim were alone at the SEPTA subway station in the city's Chinatown on Tuesday afternoon. After being asked to help light a cigarette, the woman was assaulted, dragged onto the landing and then thrown onto the tracks.

SEPTA Chief of Police Thomas Nestel said the woman was fortunate to walk away with only minor injuries.

"It's horrifying," Nestel added. " When you see that happen, you think the worst. We all know that there is a tremendous electric source. You touch that, you die."

Nestel said he decided to not immediately release the video and culprit's description because the attacker had worn a very distinct jacket and he was confident that was their best lead.

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