Man wanted in Fox Street assault of mentally challenged gas-station attendant

Police are searching for a man who assaulted a gas station employee on Nov. 15 in the Allegheny West section of Northwest Philadelphia.

The unknown male pulled up to Uncle Willie’s gas station at 3281 Fox St. in a white work truck around 11:30 a.m. Before walking into the gas station, the man got into an argument with a mentally challenged employee standing near the gas pumps.

The victim told police the man made racial slurs at him and, after entering and exiting the mini-mart there,  returned to his truck to retrieve a spray bottle of an unknown liquid. The suspect sprayed the bottle in the victim’s eyes and fled in his truck northbound on Roosevelt Boulevard. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene and was taken to Northwest Detectives to file a report.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 40 to 45 years of age, with a medium build, long gray hair and was clean shaven. At the time of the assault, he was wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and work boots. His work truck, police say, is similar to a Ford E159 or Chevy Express. A portion of his Pennsylvania license plate was 3007.

Anyone with information about the man or his vehicle is asked to contact Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353 or 3354.

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