Philadelphia police investigate love triangle rat attack

Published: April 4 2014 | 1:24 pm - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:12 pm in

BY DANIEL KELLEY

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - How do you get the attention of a girl who has everything - including your boyfriend?

One woman seeking revenge on a romantic rival smashed the windows of her South Philadelphia home and dumped a box of live white rats inside, police said.

"I'd have to say this is a first," Officer Christine O'Brien said on Thursday.

In a long-running dispute over a man, the jealous lover and about eight other women friends used a baseball bat to break the glass and toss the rodents inside at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in the Grays Ferry neighborhood, Philadelphia police said.

The gang also punched the 30-year-old victim, inflicting cuts and bruises, and stole her purse containing identification and about $200, police said.

The victim was able to identify at least one of the attackers, who fled in a Chevy Lumina.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)


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