Police in Philadelphia are looking for a man caught on tape raping a woman then claiming to have infected her with HIV, according to the victim. The suspect reportedly attacked the victim from behind on August 29., beating her unconscious, and raping her repeatedly.
With the suspect still at large, authorities turned to the media to get the word out, and released the video online Tuesday (Sept. 11). “The 24-year-old victim sustained severe head and facial injuries to the point of almost being unrecognizable,” Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit. Capt. John Darby said.
Prior to the vicious attack, the victim was dropped off at a bus stop, shortly after midnight. The suspect later taunted her yelling “Ha, Ha, I just infected you with HIV.” Hours after the assault, the woman was seen stumbling down the street, a neighbor saw her, and immediately called police.
The mayor's office is offering a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, while the woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She was given an HIV test, the results of which have not been released.
Anyone with information on the case are encouraged to call SVU Det. McGoldrick at 215-685-3252/53. Anonymous tips can also be left at 215-686-8477.
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