(Patriot.Buzz) – Adding to the city’s ongoing struggle with rising crime rates under Democratic watch, a tragic incident unfolded at the Macy’s store in Center City, Philadelphia, when a man fatally stabbed one security guard and seriously injured another.
Initially caught trying to steal hats around 10:45 a.m., the suspect was confronted by security and left the premises, leaving the merchandise behind. However, approximately 15 minutes later, he returned armed with a knife.
In a shocking turn of events, the man directly targeted security guards, stabbing a 30-year-old guard in the neck, and then redirected his attack towards a second guard, a 23-year-old, stabbing him in the face and arm. The first victim was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, while the second guard was in stable condition.
Philadelphia’s Interim Police Commissioner John M. Stanford expressed the gravity of the situation, noting, “This started as a retail theft, upgraded obviously to a robbery, and then led ultimately to a homicide. It’s just a tragic situation.” The police later apprehended the suspect at the Somerset Station, northeast of the store.
The Macy’s store, situated across from Philadelphia’s City Hall, has reportedly experienced a high level of retail theft this year, with over 250 shoplifting reports. Following the incident, Macy’s issued a statement expressing heartbreak and closed the store for the day to facilitate the police investigation.
Philadelphia has been facing an uphill battle with violent crime, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic. Though homicides have shown a downward trend – from a high of 562 in 2021 to 514 last year and 386 so far this year – the city remains troubled by high crime levels.
Last year, a nighttime curfew was imposed for minors in an attempt to mitigate crime. Danielle Outlaw, the city’s former police commissioner, resigned in September amidst these ongoing challenges.
This incident at Macy’s underscores the complex issues of crime and public safety that continue to affect Philadelphia, reflecting a broader challenge faced by many urban centers run by Democrats across the United States.