Two charged after homeless man attacked at gas station

Authorities say two women have been arrested and other suspects are being sought following an attack at a north Philadelphia gas station that critically injured a homeless man.

Police say the beating happened after a boy reported getting into a dispute with the man Tuesday at the Olney station as both were trying to pump gas for customers for spare change.

Authorities released surveillance video showing a half-dozen people jumping out of a minivan and attacking the 51-year-old man with a hammer, mace and a piece of wood, and punching and kicking him.

Thirty-four-year-old Aleathea Gillard and 24-year-old Shareena Joachim are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and other counts.

Gillard’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment; the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing Joachim, couldn’t be reached Saturday.

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