Sunday, April 8, 2012

Reward set at $10,000 in brick attack on an Ethiopian Man

A $10,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest of the man who attacked a Center City parking-lot attendant with a brick this week.

The attendant, Asrat Mamo, was taken to the hospital Wednesday night in critical condition after he was found unconscious on the ground at the parking lot on 13th and Locust Streets.

Police are still investigating the motive for the attack, which they do not believe was robbery. Mamo still had cash and a cellphone on him when he was found, they said. The booth Mamo was working in did not have a cash register. Investigators believe Mamo may have known at least one of the people involved in the attack.
Police said Mamo, 30, was sitting outside his booth shortly before 8 p.m. when several people approached him. A surveillance video captured a woman as she walked up and talked to Mamo for seven minutes. A second woman then approached with a man, then the two left. Moments later, police said, the man returned and hit Mamo in the side of the head with a brick.

The man and one of the women rummaged through Mamo's pockets and booth, then the three fled the area and got into an Old City cab, police said.

Several witnesses were in the area and are talking to police.

The man is described as a black man in his 30s with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing jeans and a black jacket at the time of the assault. One woman was wearing a pink sweat suit and carrying a yellow bag, the other had short hair and was wearing green pants and a dark jacket.

The reward money is only for information that will lead to the arrest of the male suspect. Police are also looking to speak with the two women.

Mamo was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where his condition has since been upgraded to serious. He is from Ethiopia originally, according to his Facebook page.

E-Z Parks, the company that owns the lot, posted the reward through the Citizens' Crime Commission Thursday.