VIDEO: Police release tape of suspect in fatal fruit vendor stabbing

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A shot of the suspect. (Credit: Philadelphia Police Department).

Philadelphia police on Monday released surveillance footage of a suspect in the April 18 stabbing death of a 68-year-old fruit cart vendor in South Philadelphia.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Vollmer Street shortly after 5 a.m. for a report of a person with a weapon and found the victim lying in front of his home.

He had been stabbed multiple times and died on the scene.

The victim was soon identified as Don Ly, a Vietnamese immigrant who ran a popular fruit cart in University City.

The suspect in the homicide was captured on surveillance video walking on the 2700 block of South Randolph Street, about five blocks from the scene of the crime.

He is described as a 5-foot-8-inch tall black or Hispanic male with a thin build and facial hair or a goatee.

The man was last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket and pants, a black knit hat and black Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, to contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or 3335, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477), texting PPD TIP (773847), emailing tips@phillypolice.com or by filling out this online form.


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