March 15, 2016
Two men allegedly robbed and attacked another man, hitting him with a cane and throwing a burning bag at him on Sunday morning, Philadelphia police said.
The incident occurred at about 5:09 a.m. Sunday, and police said it started in front of the Philadelphia Brotherhood Rescue Mission, a shelter for homeless men at 401 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown.
Police said a car – believed to be a light-colored Kia – pulled up to the mission and two men exited. One of the men allegedly broke a glass front door at the shelter before swinging a baseball bat the right leg of a 33-year-old man.
WATCH the incident unfold on surveillance video:
The second man grabbed a cane from a 46-year-old man and allegedly struck him several times in the left shoulder, lit a plastic bag on fire and threw it at him, police said. The 46-year-old man was treated for his injuries at Episcopal Hospital.
Both men then fled in the Kia. Police said the second suspect entered the driver's seat of the vehicle and shouted, "I am coming back to burn this place down," before driving east on Girard Avenue toward I-95, police said.
Police described the man armed with the baseball bat on the video as being between 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 160 pounds.
On the night of the incident, police said he was wearing a plaid shirt and an orange baseball cap with what appeared to be a little league baseball bat logo on the front.
The second suspect, police said, appeared to be about 50 years old and about 280 pounds, with whitish gray hair. Police said he was wearing a gray shirt and jeans.
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