Two men were found dead dumped in Schuylkill and a third victim crawled out of the water with seven stab wounds earlier this morning in a bizarre abduction attack, reports say.
Police were alerted around 4 a.m. to the incident after 911 calls were made of a man screaming on the banks of the river near Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue, NBC reported.
The names of the victims have not been released by police.
However, preliminary reports say that the two deceased victims were stabbed, bound and sunk in the river with a heavy bucket serving as an impromptu anchor.
The surviving victim told police that he was attacked near 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue by four or five men who grabbed him, duct-taped him and threw him into the back of a van.
The victim, 20, was also robbed of some money.
The victim then reportedly realized that there were two other tied up men in the van with him who had also been stabbed and who may have already been deceased.
The 20-year-old survivor managed to crawl out of the water with his arms and legs partially bound and duct tape on his face.
He sustained stab wounds to the stomach and legs and was placed in surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital where he was in stable condition.
The bodies of the two deceased victims were recovered around 8:30 a.m.