Man who tried to rape a mother walking with her 2 kids in Northeast Philly is in custody, police say

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UPDATED: 4:15 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities say a man who allegedly pushed a mother to the ground while she was walking with her two young children, then tried to sexually assault her in Northeast Philadelphia, is now in custody. 

The 27-year-old victim was walking with her 1year-old and 3-year-old along Craig Street — just a block away from Rhawn Street and Frankford Avenue — when the man approached the family. Police say he yelled at her, “We’re going to have sex.”

“Said that to her twice and then he pushed her to the ground,” explained Special Victims Unit Capt. Mark Burgmann. “She fell to the ground and hit her head, and then he jumped on top of her and was struggling to get her pants off. She fought him the entire time until she was able to get him off of her.

“She was screaming, and that’s when some neighbors began to come out,” he continued. “She has minor injuries as a result of being pushed to the ground,” but she is otherwise physically OK.

The suspect took her cellphone and ran. 

This happened in broad daylight — Monday at 4 p.m.

“We are concerned anytime it happens, but especially because it’s in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon, and it is a brazen act,” Burgmann said.

Police say they now have a man in custody who they believe is the attacker, but they are continuing their investigation.