The incident described below happened last Thursday, but news of it didn’t escape the Philadelphia area until police released a surveillance video of the attack on Monday night.
ABC Local has posted a copy of the video, which was aired as part of an community effort to apprehend the assailant, who was at that time still at large.
WARNING: the video (which can’t be embedded) accompanying the news story contains graphic violence, and is disturbing to watch.
By this morning a man with an extensive record of criminal violence had been arrested in connection with the assault.
This might not have been a notable story — Philly is, after all, a notoriously violent city — except for one thing: according to the victim, the attacker was chanting in Arabic as he rained hammer blows down upon the young man, who distinctly heard the word “Allah” repeated.
This aspect of the story was included in the ABC article, but not in any of the later versions of the incident that I read this morning.
Here’s how ABC Local described the bizarre attack:
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Police are asking the public for help captured a hammer-wielding attacker, who seemed to assault his prey for no apparent reason.
On Monday night, police released the video of the attack, in the hopes that someone can identify the man.
The attack happened back on Thursday at 12:15 a.m. onboard the SEPTA northbound Broad Street line.
The victim, 20-year-old Dewayne Taylor is seen dozing in his seat, listening to his ipod.
In the doorway, the assailant is standing with a young boy, about three to five years old.
He tells the child to sit down.
Then, he pulls out a large hammer out of a black and yellow book bag, and proceeds to pummel the victim.
After striking Taylor a number of times, the attacker grabs Taylor by the shoes and pulls him down to the floor, where the attack continues.
Then, the man throws Taylor off the train, where they struggle some more before the attacker disappears out of sight.
“According to the victim, the male continued to assault him and tried to throw him into the track area,” said Det. Kenneth Roach of the Philadelphia Police Dept.
Taylor told Action News last week that all throughout the attack, the man kept chanting something, and he distinctly recalled the word “Allah.”
Police were stunned that some 20 passengers onboard the train scattered, and did nothing to stop the attack.
“I think somebody should have helped that guy,” said Det. Roach. “I understand the guy had a hammer, but they outnumbered him by at least 10 to one.”
The alleged perpetrator was committed to a mental institution by his family as soon as they heard the news of what he had done. A smart move on their part.
Yes, it’s likely that this guy is simply a deranged psychopath who should have been on medication.
But why is it that so many mentally disturbed ultra-violent psychopathic loners take on the ideology of jihad to fuel their murderous rampages?
Just a coincidence, I suppose.
Hat tip: TB.