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Residents chase, beat sex assault suspect

8-18-2009 Pennsylvania:

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Philadelphia residents allegedly beat a sexual assault suspect they caught and held until police arrived, a Philadelphia police spokesman said.

The man, whose name was not reported, was chased Saturday night by residents who said they believed he had sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman that morning.

Residents had heard the man held the woman at gunpoint and assaulted her near 56th Street and Lansdowne Avenue, police told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

This is the second recent vigilante action in the city, the newspaper said.

Police said residents of the Kensington neighborhood beat Jose Carrasquillo, 26, a suspect in the June rape of an 11-year-old girl who was on her way to school. ..Source.. by UPI

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