A 10 year old Philadelphia child was about to get in big trouble with his mother for coming home late, so he made up a lie and blamed a homeless man for his lateness. The 51 year old homeless man does odd jobs around the Olney neighborhood in North Philadelphia. At times, he offers to pump customers’ gas at a gas station to earn some extra cash.
The 10 year old told his mother that he was at the Sunoco gas station at 5th Street near Tabor Road, where he tried to earn some cash by offering customers to pump their gas. The boy then claimed the homeless man started to argue with him over it, and eventually assaulted him.
The boy’s mother – Aleathea Gillard gathered her available family members and neighbors, and armed with a hammer, a can of Mace, and a wooden shard taken from a broken rocking chair, went to the gas station to square up with the bum.
A Honda Odyssey full of them pull up at the gas station and one by one got off, making their way toward the man. Sharina Joachim – one of the neighbors – attempted to sprayed him with the mace, but missed and hit a member of the mob instead. Another woman attacked the homeless man with a hammer, hitting him repeatedly. Others stomped and kicked him in the head, as he lay prone on the ground. Aleathea Gillard clubbed him with the rocking chair stick so hard, it splintered in her hands. The mob then boarded the van and left as quickly as they came.
Police took the victim to Einstein Medical Center, where he’s listed to be in “extremely critical condition“. He’s held in a medically induced coma – parts of his skull had to be removed due to brain swelling.