PHILADELPHIA — Cops are hunting for a gang of young men who were caught on camera brutally beating a man in a bid to steal his phone on a South Philadelphia street.
Philadelphia police say the attack occurred on Jan. 10, 2017 in the early evening when the four identified men approached the 25-year-old victim and knocked him to the ground.
Surveillance camera footage shows them then unleash a furious fusillade of kicks and punches on the man as he lay on the ground.
“You see once he is on the ground, they begin to assault him, kicking and punching him relentlessly. It is a horrible thing to see,” Philadelphia police Lt. John Stanford told WTXF-TV.
Police say the attackers tried several times to snatch the victim’s cell phone but were unable to wrestle it away from him, so they then fled. The man was treated at a hospital for his injuries and was later released
“They may have seen him walking down the street at some point and maybe thought he was an easy target because his cell phone being in his hand or that he was distracted in some way,” Stanford said.
Investigators released the surveillance camera footage on Tuesday in an effort to draw anyone who recognizes the attackers to come forward.