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December 16, 2015

Police arrest person of interest in Center City knife attacks

Stabbing Investigations
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Kyle Stephens

Police say they have arrested a suspect who they believe is responsible for two early morning stabbings in Center City Tuesday.

Kyle Stephens, 26, was arrested Wednesday in the assault of two males. According to police, his last known address is on the 1200 block of Race St. (a homeless shelter).

According to authorities, the first incident occurred around 5:29 a.m. when a person jogging down the 2300 block of Walnut St. was approached by a man who started yelling at him.

When the runner turned to him, the man charged, knocking him to the ground and thrusting a 3-inch blade into him, police say.

A person who witnessed the attack scared off the suspect, and the victim was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was treated for three superficial puncture wounds -- two to his right arm and one in his back. He was released shortly after.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect's interaction with the victim right before the stabbing, which can be seen below:

About 15 minutes later, a second person passed the suspect on the 100 block of N. 21st St., and the suspect started yelling obscenities at him, police say.

The victim kept walking, but the attacker came up behind him and slashed the left side of his face with an unknown object before fleeing west on Cherry Street, according to authorities.

The victim was treated at Hahnemann as well and was released.