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January 29, 2016

Video released in stabbing on SEPTA Route 56 bus in Frankford

Police seek help from public to locate and identify suspect

Investigation Stabbing
013016_SEPTAstabbing Contributed Art/Philadelphia Police Department

Stabbing suspect seen on Route 56 bus in Frankford section of Philadelphia on January 29, 2016.

Philadelphia police are seeking help from the public to locate a suspect who stabbed another man Friday afternoon on a SEPTA Route 55 bus in the Frankford section of the city.

According to SEPTA, the incident took place around 2 p.m. on bus number 5680 near Torresdale Avenue and Paul Street.

Police say the offender failed to pay his fare and, when asked by the victim to get off the bus, engaged in a heated confrontation that quickly escalated to violence. The victim was stabbed repeatedly in the head and body, according to authorities.

When the bus stopped, the suspect got off and fled while the victim was transported to Temple University Hospital for treatment. He was listed in stable but critical condition. 

On Saturday, police released a video containing images of the suspect. He is described as a 30-year-old black male, about 5'7'', last seen wearing a dark jacket and a dark colored hat with fur. 

The incident follows a pair of recent unprovoked attacks at SEPTA stations. Earlier this week, a man in his late fifties was attacked with a wrench at Suburban Station, while on Jan. 18 a 27-year-old woman was shoved onto the tracks by a stranger while waiting for a Market-Frankford Line train at 40th Street Station. 

Anyone with information about the stabbing or the suspect is asked to contact the Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153.