A 19-year-old man is facing several charges, including aggravated assault, in relation to an alleged robbery and assault that occurred in the area of Philadelphia known as Jeweler's Row. The incident took place at 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 17.
According to police, the man in question and three others began following a 23-year-old man and two of his acquaintances in Center City along the intersection of Sansom and 7th Streets. At some point, police said, one of the men who was followed tried entering a building, but he was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. Police said that the four men then robbed him of his iPhone and ran west towards Sansom Street. The men apparently escaped in a late model gray or silver-colored Pontiac Grand Prix.
After police received an anonymous tip, the man was taken into police custody and is facing charges for multiple offenses, such as robbery, carjacking and attempted murder, according to police reports. At the time of the news report, police were attempting to locate the other three men who are suspected of being involved in the robbery.
It's not clear what evidence links the accused man to the crime. Anonymous tips often prove to be false. While police have released security footage that shows those who appear to have been the assailants, their identities are obscured by their clothing. A criminal defense lawyer might review the evidence that the police have against the man to see if it is enough for a conviction. It's not unusual for cases of mistaken identity to lead to innocent people being accused.
Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Man Charged in Jeweler's Row Assault, Robbery", David Chang, December 17, 2013