Nestel says he made the call not to go public because the attacker had a very distinct jacket on and he was confident that was their best lead.
He admits it was risky, but “it’s also risky to put that information out. He gets rid of that coat and I lose my best chance to get a dangerous man off the streets.”
The attacker was found two days later at 15th and JFK — in that very jacket — by a SEPTA officer.
Police say he had the victim’s cell phone on him.
Chief Nestel tweeted this praise for the arresting officer: