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SEPTA investigates after video shows violent assault on train


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Authorities are investigating after video captured a violent assault involving a student on SEPTA’s Broad Street.

According to the transit agency, the incident happened after school on Wednesday, around 3:30 p.m., on a train near Erie station.

The video shows a female student shouting at a group of other students, who appear to be of Asian descent, on the train. The conflict quickly escalated.

In the video, one of the schoolgirls, now a suspect, is seen throwing a punch. Group of victims sit trying to cover.

One of the suspects stabbed another female student standing in the face. The suspect’s attention then returned to the sitting students.

More profanity was shouted and then the situation became more violent.

The female student standing was beaten several times in the face. Her head was then hit against the side of the ship and she was brought to the ground. She was punched and stomped repeatedly.

One of the suspects was seen taking off his shoes and hitting the victim repeatedly.

Then you hear someone’s voice and the video stops.

“SEPTA police were notified and immediately launched an investigation. Much progress has been made in identifying individuals involved in the assault. Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses. and review cell phone video that has been posted to social media, as well as SEPTA surveillance video,” SEPTA Director of Media Relations Andrew Busch said in a statement.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said he hoped an arrest would be made soon after the victims were able to identify the suspects.

At this time, SEPTA police have not said what caused the attack, but added that they are working closely with the School District of Philadelphia to gain insight into the incident.

Officials said no serious injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact SEPTA police at (215) 580-8111 or Philadelphia police at 215-686-TIPS.

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