The Philadelphia police arrested a woman seen on video pulling the hair and punching an Asian store worker right next to a cop car, reports WHYY. The video showing the incident went viral with many asking where the cops were during the altercation. The police responded that the car was unoccupied at the time because the officer was in a store in the area.
“Soon after the disturbing assault in this video, the officer whose unoccupied vehicle is visible returned to the scene and located the victim,” the police said. “A short time later, he was able to locate and arrest the offender.”
The incident occurred on Wednesday after the Asian store employee chased down the suspect after she allegedly stole from her store. The altercation ensued while the officer was inside a store on 7th and Winston. He came out and noticed a crowd and headed towards it. But by then the suspect fled.
Nevertheless she was arrested later on the 500 block of Daly Street, reports Fox 29.
Authorities said stolen items were collected at the scene and that she might be responsible for a string of thefts in the area. The suspect was charged with robbery.
On the same day, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced a “hateful and racist” message was left in Philadelphia’s Chinatown last Friday reports Whyy. Authorities did not state what was written on a flower box at 10th and Vine streets but said it was “hateful and anti-Chinese language.”