Police seek witnesses in South Philly beating, release new details of attack

A police car drives in Philadelphia

A police car drives in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia police say neighbors must know something about the South Philly beating that left a delivery driver in a coma last week.

They released a video Monday night on YouTube, hoping possible eyewitnesses would come forward.

Captain James Kearney gave new details of the events preceding the attack, as well as about the 19-year-old who turned himself in over the weekend.

“My detectives are indicating that something transpired in the 200 block of Christian Street,” he said during a Tuesday press conference at South Detectives Headquarters. “There were some eggs that may have been thrown at our victim’s car, which led him now to pull over in the 300 block of Christian and exit his car. Clearly on the video you see him get out of his car and almost hold his hands up.”

Kearney said it appeared the group then began beating the man, 38-year-old newlywed Zach Lean. He remains in critical condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

The alleged attacker who turned himself in to police was still in jail, Kearney said, adding that he decided to come forward because he felt remorseful.

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