A man who defended a group of women from catcallers was taken to the hospital Saturday morning after he was brutally assaulted in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square.
The 39-year-old Texas man was walking down 18th and Walnut Streets around 2:45 a.m. when he saw several men inside a Black Nissan stop next to a group of women. Then, the men began taunting and catcalling the women.
“The male victim took offense to something that the guys were saying to the girls and said ‘hey, watch what you’re saying,’” Philadelphia Police Captain George Fuchs said.
Once he addressed the men, one stepped out of the Nissan and punched the Texas man in the head. He was knocked unconscious after falling and hitting his head on the concrete sidewalk.
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The suspect then got into the Nissan, which fled west on Walnut.
The victim was taken to Hahnemann Hospital and is currently in stable condition.
“This is a tragic, tragic story,” Fuchs said. “Here’s a guy trying to stick up for these girls and he gets victimized.”
According to police, the Nissan had Delaware tags. Authorities are currently looking for surveillance footage to view the license plate number, in addition to speaking with a witness at Central Detectives.