Philadelphia police investigate after woman was stabbed twice at downtown PATCO station – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are investigating a chilling downtown attack. A woman was stabbed twice at a station on the PATCO high-speed line.

Just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, police said a 40-year-old woman was stabbed in the head and leg in the lobby below 15th and Locust streets. This happened a few steps from the tariff barriers of the high-speed line.

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Police reports show the victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and stabilized. It is not known at this time if she has been released.

PATCO officials illustrated their concerns about the continued presence of a homeless encampment on Monday, telling CBS3 in a statement that they had been in contact with the city for several months urging them to take action.

“There are safety issues because it’s something we’ve addressed on other occasions. We understand it’s a social services issue and we’re dealing with it in terms of the public safety,” said Capt. Edward Cobbs of the Delaware Port Authority Police Department.

A statement from PATCO points out that the stabbings occurred following an altercation between two people living in this camp.

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Part of PATCO’s statement to Eyewitness News reads: “PATCO management and the Police Department have been in contact with the City of Philadelphia for several months regarding the encampment in this area, expressing our concerns, their requesting action and offering support PATCO’s jurisdiction and control at 15/16 is limited to the pay zone within the fare gates.

Julian Fox, familiar with the lobby, told CBS3 he advises people to stay away from it, given his experience.

“It’s dangerous out here,” Fox said. ” There are no rules. People have no consequences if they do bad things.

Philadelphia police have not made an arrest.

“We work in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services,” Cobbs said. We are working with the Philadelphia City Police Department as well as the SEPTA Police Department to try to address these concerns regarding social issues with homelessness and homelessness in these areas.

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Eyewitness News emailed a spokesperson for Mayor Jim Kenney requesting a response to PATCO’s concern. They said: “The city has worked with PATCO, SEPTA and other partners to resolve the encampment in May 2021. The number of people there increases during the colder months. We are currently working with our partners to make physical changes to the space that will help keep passengers and the general public safe.