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March 06, 2018

Police: Woman sexually assaulted, robbed in Center City

Philly cops release video showing two suspects accused in early-morning incident

Police video - Center City sexual assault and robbery Philadelphia Police/YouTube

Philadelphia police say this man acted as an accomplice during a sexual assault and robbery that took place around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday in Center City.

Philadelphia police are searching for two men in connection with a sexual assault and robbery in Center City on Sunday.

Surveillance video released by police Tuesday shows a man and a woman walking in opposite directions on the 1300 block of Lombard Street at about 5:30 a.m. The man is then seen grabbing and strangling the woman and pulling her onto the 400 block of South Watts Street, where police said he immediately began to punch her in the face and head.

The man then allegedly sexually assaulted the woman before stealing her backpack, which contained several personal items, police said.

A second suspect, who is shown in surveillance footage, acted as an accomplice, police said. The video appears to show the second man patrolling the area during the alleged assault and robbery.

The video can be seen below.

The victim's face and head injuries required medical treatment, police said.

Capt. Sekou Kinebrew was expected to provide more information on the case at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Anyone who sees the suspects should call 911. Confidential can be submitted calling (215) 686-8477 or texting 773847.

Those with information about the case can contact the police department's Special Victims Unit at (215) 685-3251 or (215) 685-3252.