Police searching for group of young men accused of stabbing man to death in Rittenhouse Square

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia authorities are urging anyone who was in Rittenhouse Square Thursday night to contact them, after a man was assaulted by a large group of people and stabbed to death.

Police are looking for a group of at least eight young men, who may be in their teens or early 20s. Detectives say they were drinking inside the park when a few of them attacked 51-year-old Dean Jordan, stabbing him in the back several times.

“I don’t know if there was a verbal exchange beforehand, or I don’t know if Mr. Jordan was with these individuals,” said Homicide Capt. Jason Smith.

Responding officers found Jordan, who authorities believe was homeless, near 1800 Walnut Street just after 10 p.m., standing and “bleeding profusely.”

When officers tried to take him to the hospital, he reluctantly agreed, but later died.

Smith said police have one eyewitness account so far, and investigators are combing the park and surrounding areas for surveillance video. At least one of the men was wearing a red jacket at the time. 

“We are confident that even if we don’t have video that captures the incident itself, we are going to have cameras that are going to pick up the paths of travel of these offenders,” he said.

Smith urges the community — even those who were a part of that group of men — to cooperate with police and come forward.

“They may have engaged in the assault, but they were not the person who was wielding the knife, stabbing that individual. I would urge those individuals to turn themselves in, less they be charged with the more serious crime of murder,” he said. “There had to be more persons inside that park or were in a position to observe or hear something that occurred, and that is why we urge them to please contact the police department.”