Norristown, Pa. man badly beaten after leaving bar in downtown Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A Norristown, Pennsylvania man was severely beaten in an altercation after leaving a bar in downtown Philadelphia over the weekend, police say.

It happened Saturday night when Jalen Ramsey, 27, was hanging out with friends at Rec and Royal in the 100 block of South 17th Street.

“(We) left (the restaurant). I met some other people outside and was going to get pizza. And that’s the last of my night that I can remember,” Ramsey recalled.
He woke up in an ambulance with a broken nose, cracked teeth and a concussion as well as cuts and abrasions on his face.

He doesn’t remember what happened, but his friends do.

“I was told there was a bunch of guys coming down the street,” Ramsey explained. “They were talking about a lot of mess. I guess those guys and I had a fight and then they started beating me and…I don’t remember anything.”

Jalen’s mother, Rochelle White, says she got the call from the police and rushed to the hospital to be by his side.

But she says nothing could prepare her for what she saw when she got there.

“When I walked in and pulled the curtain back and saw the state he was in…no parent, mother, father, family member wants to see their family like this,” said White.
And as the violence on the streets of Philadelphia only gets worse, Jalen Ramsey and his family are just hoping for justice in this case.

“It’s so dangerous there. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know if you’re going to come back to your family at night when you’re just trying to have a good time with certain people,” said Ramsey.

“Some companies have cameras. Maybe they can check the footage and see and help us find out who did this to my son,” White added. “That, I would really appreciate. This would be the Mother’s Day gift I want.

Philadelphia police are looking for surveillance video of this area in hopes of finding a recording that provides a clear view of who was responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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