Video: Woman punches Chinese takeout worker; business robbed

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A young woman who was part of a group loitering inside a Chinese takeout restaurant in Philadelphia’s East Germantown neighborhood became so “enraged” after a worker told the group to buy something or leave, that she kicked in the door to the back kitchen area and repeatedly punched the employee inside, police said.


Surveillance video released Friday by police shows the young woman assaulting the 44-year-old woman who was working behind the glass-security counter at the Golden China takeout, 5650 Chew Ave., at about 2:30 p.m. April 22.

Police said the woman and three men who were also in the group then grabbed fistfuls of cash from the counter and from a change cup in the back kitchen area. They stole about $20 before fleeing.


The group of about five or six people was last seen heading south on Chew Avenue. The worker was taken by medics to Einstein Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police described the woman who punched the worker as black, about 16 to 18 years old and of stocky build. Her hair was in long braids and she was wearing a dark baseball cap, light-colored jacket, blue jeans and gray or black sneakers. 

The three men who, along with the woman, robbed the takeout of cash were described as black, about 16 to 18 years old and of medium build. One was wearing a black jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants. Another was wearing a black jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. A third was wearing a green zip-up jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.





Anyone with information about these suspects’ identities is asked to call the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or Detective Bransfield at Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353. Tips, which can be anonymous, can also be submitted online.












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