Cops: 2 boys pumping gas for money were abducted, shown porn, assaulted

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Two young brothers pumping gas for tips at a Strawberry Mansion gas station Tuesday night were abducted by a motorist who showed them pornography and indecently assaulted them, police said.


Both boys escaped, but the driver remained at large. Police declined to release the ages of the children, except to say they are juveniles.

The brothers were pumping gas for customers at a Sunoco at 33rd and York Streets when one of them was approached by a man who said he’d tip the boy but wanted to take him to another service station where the gas was cheaper, according to police.


The child got into the man’s silver, four-door Dodge Avenger, leaving his brother behind. On the way to the second gas station, the motorist showed the boy pornographic images and indecently assaulted him, police said. Once they arrived at the second gas station, on the 3000 block of Hunting Park Avenue, the boy pumped the man’s gas.





The man said the ATM at the second gas station was too crowded and he wanted the child to go with him to a third location to get his tip, but the boy ran away. The offender drove off and the child waited for a bus to take him back to the first gas station to meet up with his brother, police said.

But the suspect had returned to the first gas station and had told the waiting boy that he had come back to bring him to his brother, according to police.

The second boy then got into the man’s vehicle and the man showed him pornography and indecently assaulted him, according to police.

The boy asked to leave the vehicle and the man let him out near Hollywood Street before driving away, police said.




The brothers eventually met up again at the first gas station, then told their mother about the incident. Police were notified around 8:15 p.m.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned black man in his 20s with a chubby build, short hair, and a mustache. He wore a white shirt, a red hoodie, and tan pants, police said. 

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251.






















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