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February 24, 2021

Center City Macy's rape suspect arrested at West Philly home

The suspect's identity has not been released yet; he is expected to be charged on Wednesday, police say

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Philadelphia police say the man above is the suspect in the rape of a woman inside a bathroom at the Macy's in Center City on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. After the attack he fled the department store and boarded a Market-Frankford Line train to West Philly.

UPDATE (9:08 a.m; Feb 24.): Philadelphia police have arrested a man in connection with the rape a woman inside the Macy's in Center City. The suspect was taken into custody at his home in West Philly on Wednesday morning. His identity has not been revealed yet. He is expected to be charged on Wednesday.

The Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit has scheduled a press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday to talk more about the investigation.

The man wanted for raping a woman inside the Macy's in Center City is shown fleeing the store after the attack in a video released by the Philadelphia police on Tuesday evening.

Police seek the public's help identifying and locating the suspect.

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The sexual assault occurred after 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Investigators said a 55-year-old woman had been at the department store at 1300 Market St. with her husband when they separated and the woman entered a third floor bathroom.

The suspect, who is in his 20s, had been waiting inside the bathroom armed with kitchen skewers, police said, and then reportedly climbed over the wall of the stall where the woman was to rape her.

Video released Tuesday shows the suspect leaving Macy's and walking out onto the sidewalk on Market Street. Police also published video of the man walking through the turnstiles at the Market-Frankford Line station at 13th and Market streets at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

The suspect boarded a westbound train and then exited at the SEPTA station at 52nd and Market streets at 11:54 a.m., investigators said.

Police said the suspect has a thin build. In the video, he is seen wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt underneath a three-quarter length, black jacket that has words printed in white on the left shoulder; black pants with white stripes on the left leg; black sneakers with white soles; and a surgical mask.

Anyone who sees the suspect should call 911 immediately. Tips can be submitted by calling texting 215-686-TIPS (8477) or by completing this online form.