HUP doctor raped during Rittenhouse home invasion
NBC, ABC and CBS reported that the victim works at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
June 21, 2014, 6:01 pm · Updated July 22, 2014, 6:44 pm·
Philadelphia Police say a 26-year-old woman was raped in her apartment near Rittenhouse Square during a home invasion early Saturday morning.
The victim is a doctor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to reports by NBC10, 6ABC and CBS news.
After a three-day search, police arrested a South Philadelphia man for the crime. He has been charged with rape, robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and related offenses for Saturday morning’s assault.
The victim was reportedly followed home from a bar in Center City, where she had been drinking with friends. Surveillance video from that night shows the suspect tying his bike to a tree before approaching the victim from behind. Authorities say that as she approached the entrance to her apartment on the 1900 block of Spruce Street just after midnight Saturday, the suspect grabbed her by the neck and forced her to open the door. According to police, the assailant repeatedly raped the victim before stealing her smartphone and keys and cycling away.
“We have this guy off the street and you can rest easy today,” Captain John Darby, head of the Special Victims Unit, said during a news conference on Tuesday. “More importantly, this young professional woman and her family can begin to rebuild.”
News Editor Kristen Grabarz contributed reporting.