The attack was reportedly captured on CCTV surveillance, where the victim is seen to be repeatedly punched and nicked whilst unconscious. Philadelphia police also reported that after the victim ‘lay motionless’ on the ground the attacker stomped on her head several times before making off with her purse.
Police have charged 22-year-old homeless man Marcus Jones with the attack, and stated that he has in the past committed two similar crimes, on against a 61-year-old male and another against a 48-year-old woman.
Police have not commented on the motive behind the attack, though it is entirely possible based on the previous attacks that it was not motivated by the victims gender.
The police department did not initially report the victim as being transgender as the Philadelphia Police have instigated a new policy on appropriate gender pronoun usage. ‘She identifies as a black female,’ Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel said, ‘so we’ll identify her as a black female’.