Posted on November 18, 2021

Ethnic Intimidation, Assault Charges to Be Filed Against Teen Girls in Viral SEPTA Attack

Fox 29, November 18, 2021

SEPTA police say they are preparing arrest warrants for multiple teenage girls they say were involved in a racially motivated attack on a subway train Wednesday.

Video of the incident surfaced on social media Wednesday and appeared to show a group of teenage girls accosting another group of teens and attacking a teenage girl who attempted to intervene.


Within an hour, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel says an officer spotted and stopped two of the suspects at Olney Station. {snip}


Nestel says the four female suspects, who range in age from 13 to 16, are expected to face a number of charges, including ethnic intimidation, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and terroristic threats.

“This was an attack based on ethnicity, and ethnic slurs were used by the attackers,” Nestel said during a press conference Thursday. He added the attack was otherwise ‘unprovoked.’


FOX 29’s Steve Keeley reports that the group of teens first targeted a group of Asian male students aboard an express train in Olney on Tuesday. Sources tell FOX 29, the members of the attacking group are alleged to have hurled racial slurs at the Asian teens from Central High School and dumped a smoothie on them Tuesday – one day prior to the incident that was caught on video.