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Philadelphia Police Have Issued a Warrant for Suspect who Attacked a Gloucester City Resident

By CNBNews Staff


PHILADELPHIA PA (February 24, 2014)--The Philadelphia Police Department released a statement today regarding the hammer attack

Woods was left with this large incision following Friday's operation
photo provided by family

on Gloucester City resident David Woods Sr.. According to police they do have a suspect and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. 


Also, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Kevin Riordan wrote a blog post this morning about this horrific crime. It can be found here. 


Likewise a link is provided to the WPVI Philadelphia video that shows the assailant repeatedly striking Woods with a hammer, along with kicking him after he was on the ground. Clearly if Bernard, an employee of Mr. Woods, did not come forward to protect his boss and friend, Woods might have been killed. 


And lastly, a link is provided to the exclusive CNBNews article, Gloucester City Resident Pummeled in Philadelphia by Man Wielding a Hammer.


The following Philadelphia Police statement about the investigation was issued earlier this morning. 


On February 20, 2014, at approximately 4:50PM, 16th District Officers were called to Presbyterian Hospital located at 3800 Powelton Avenue for a report of an assault. Upon arrival of the officer he was met by a witness. The Witness stated that he and the complainant, a 46 year old male were at 49thand Lancaster Avenue going to the store. The witness left the store prior to the complainant, and went back to their work truck. The witness then heard the noise of someone falling to the ground and believed it was the complainant slipping on ice. The witness exited his truck, and observed the offender standing over top of the complainant holding a hammer. The witness observed blood, and the complainant on the ground. The witness got a bar from the truck, and chased the offender for approximately two blocks prior to losing him around Master and Lancaster Avenue. The witness went back to the location of occurrence, and found the complainant bleeding heavily, and unresponsive. The witness then drove the complainant to Presbyterian Hospital where he was later transferred to The Hospital of University of Pennsylvania due to the trauma to his head.


On Sunday, February 23, 2014, Southwest Detectives went to The Hospital of University of

Woods was kicked several times after being knocked to the ground by the assailant leaving this bruise on his side. 
photo provided by family

Pennsylvania to speak with the complainant. The complainant was awake and alert, but was not able to communicate. The victim has a large laceration on his head that was stitched closed during surgery to release pressure on the brain. The victim will have to go through intensive speech therapy in order to verbally communicate again. 


Through an intense investigation by Southwest Detectives a suspect was identified, and a warrant has been issued. Further information will be releases upon availability.


Photos posted with permission of The Woods family, no reproduction of any photos without their authorization.  For permission contact The Woods family c/o 



Note: Mr. Woods is the son-in-law of  William E. and Connie Cleary Sr., the owners of (ClearysNoteBook)




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