On Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, Philadelphia police arrested a suspect that was caught on a subway system's surveillance video attacking a woman. In the video caught earlier in the week, he is seen attacking and beating the woman before dragging her across a subway train platform and then throwing her onto the tracks below.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reported that they arrested 36-year-old William Clark on Thursday for allegedly attacking the 23-year-old woman on the subway platform in the Chinatown area of Philadelphia. His arrest came 48 hours after the attack was caught on tape.
Police currently plan to charge Clark with aggravated assault. The woman has been identified as Alexis Wilson and she received minor injuries during the attack.
"Thank God she wasn't knocked unconscious in that track area," SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestell said in a news conference Thursday.
As the video shows, Clark walked right up to Wilson, who was simply sitting and waiting for a train on Tuesday afternoon. Police report that Clark asked Wilson for a lighter, which she ended up giving to him.
A few seconds later, Clark allegedly grabbed Wilson by the neck and punched her in the face over and over again. He then dragged her by her feet across the subway platform and tossed her onto the tracks. Afterward, he strolled over the the bench she had been sitting on and stole her cellphone.
Wilson climbed back onto the platform after Clark had left.