Sexual assault suspect still at large

Joseph Woods was arrested on June 14 for allegedly raping and robbing a woman who was leaving the Lehigh Avenue subway exit back in May. Surveillance cameras recorded part of the incident. Woods has been charged with rape, robbery and related offenses. — PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTOGRAPH

The investigation continues into an incident in which a nine-year old girl was abducted while she was asleep and then sexually assaulted a few blocks from her home.

Police are looking for a Black male with a thin build, nearly 6 feet tall and wearing gray sweatpants and a black T-shirt. Investigators said that last Wednesday, the suspect entered the home of the victim, which is in the 4600 block of D Street in the city’s Feltonville section.

According to police, the suspect, who was naked, entered the home sometime around 4:30 a.m. and was wearing a mask. Investigators said the assailant gained entry through the front door, which appeared to have been unlocked. The suspect took his victim through back alleys for several blocks, and then left her on the street.

The traumatized victim managed to get home about 90 minutes later. She was then rushed to the hospital. As of Tribune press time the suspect remains at large.

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In an unrelated criminal investigation police said they have arrested a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman in SEPTA’s Lehigh Avenue concourse back in May.

Joseph Woods has been charged with rape, robbery and related offenses. The incident happened on May 26 at 9 p.m. On the date in question, the victim was traveling north on the Broad Street line train to Lehigh Avenue.

When she left the Lehigh Avenue concourse, she noticed an unknown male following her. The offender then approached her, placed a knife against her stomach and forced her into a parking lot located on 15th Street where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

On June 12, surveillance video was released to the media and aired on local news stations. On June 13, several anonymous tips were received identifying Woods as the suspect. Woods was arrested June 14, 2012, without further incident. Woods, 41, is from the 1800 block of Mountain Street.

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