Posted on July 11, 2022

Philly Police Release Video of 7 Teens Wanted in Traffic Cone Beating Death of 73-Year-Old Man

Diane Mastrull and Oona Goodin-Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2022

Philadelphia police are looking for seven teenagers they say attacked and killed a 73-year-old man last month, knocking him to the ground with a traffic cone and striking him several times.

Police have released a video of the attack and have announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to arrests of the four males and three females they say were involved in the homicide death of James Lambert Jr..

Lambert was crossing Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 21st Street at 2:38 a.m. on June 24 when video shows him initially approached from behind by three youths, one of whom, a male, throws a traffic cone at him, apparently knocking him to the sidewalk. Lambert is blurred out in the video.

While he remained at the same spot on the sidewalk, a girl in the trio picks up the traffic cone and throws it at Lambert, who then appears to stagger down Cecil B. Moore, followed by the girl, who retrieves the traffic cone and throws it at him again. She is wearing a bright pink long-sleeved sweater, with matching pool slide sandals. White-framed sunglasses are propped on top of her head.

As many as seven youths had gathered by that point. Video shows them talking before leaving the area.

Lambert suffered head injuries and died the next day, police said.