Philadelphia authorities arrested a teen after he turned himself in following an incident last week. Edward Jefferson is charged with the double stabbing of two other teenagers. Authorities said that the 16-year-old will be tried as an adult.
Teen Surrenders after Stabbing
Edward Jefferson, 16, from Philadelphia surrendered to police on May 1 in connection to a stabbing involving two other teens on April 25.
According to the police, Jefferson got into an altercation with two 17-year-old boys on the eastbound platform of 8th and Market Streets in Center City, on the SEPTA train platform. Their fight, which broke out near the cashier’s booth, escalated when Jefferson allegedly attacked them with a weapon.
He allegedly stabbed one teen in the neck, stomach, and left arm. The other teen suffered stab wounds to his chest and stomach. The second boy also suffered cuts on his wrist.
Police said Jefferson fled the scene after the stabbings. Before he was identified, authorities had described the assailant as a black male between 17 and 18 years old. He was said to have worn a blue and gray hooded jacket with a red stripe, dark pants, and dark sneakers during the incident.
Both victims were treated for their injuries and are reportedly in stable condition.
The victims are reportedly students at Charter High School for Architecture and Design, which is near the SEPTA station. Initial reports stated that the suspect was not a student at the same school.
Witnesses described the violent sight as a “bloodbath.” Some even said it felt like something straight out of a horror movie.
“There was like a big hole right here in the middle of his neck,” said a witness. “He was saying, ‘I just don’t want to die right now. I really don’t want to die.'”
Jefferson Charged as an Adult
Police were on the hunt for the suspect involved in the SEPTA station stabbing. Investigators initially said they were looking for a male and female suspect.
Their search ended when Edward Jefferson turned himself in on Tuesday, May 1. Very little is known about Jefferson, except that he’s from the 1600 block of West Juniata Street.
Authorities arrested him after he surrendered. They are no longer looking for a second suspect.
Jefferson has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and other related offenses. Police said he will be tried as an adult.