VIDEO: Man pistol-whips victim after overhearing him call police

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A still from the surveillance video. (Credit: YouTube / Philadelphia Police Department).

Philadelphia police have released video of a brutal assault in Kensington earlier this month.

Investigators said the suspect got off the Route 60 bus at Front Street and Allegheny Avenue around 6 a.m. on May 2 and began following a 51-year-old man.

When the victim called police on his cell, the suspect overheard his conversation and allegedly hit him in the face with a handgun.

The gunman fled north on Hope Street toward Westmoreland Street, according to police.

Surveillance video also captured the suspect on May 1 getting off the Route 60 bus at F Street and Allegheny Avenue shortly before 6 a.m.

He is known to frequent the area.

The suspect is described as a 175-pound, five-foot-ten-inch tall black male between the ages of 40 and 50 with a medium build and a scruffy beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark-colored Yankees baseball cap, a dark-colored jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, to contact the East Detective Division at 215-686-3243 or 3244, 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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