Police Release Video of Suspects in Attack of Two Gay Men in Center City
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m., Sept. 24th: After charges and arrests were made, the Philadelphia Police Department has apparently made the suspect video private. The page on the department site where the video resided is also no longer active.
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Philadelphia police have released video of a group of people they’ve identified as suspects in the attack last Thursday of two gay men in Center City. Police are classifying the incident as a hate crime/assault and robbery.
The full statement from police below:
On September 11, 2014, at 10:45 pm, the complainant, a 28 year-old male, along with a friend, a 27 year-old male, were on the 1600 block of Chancellor Street when they were approached by a group of unknown white males and females. As the group approached the complainants they made disparaging remarks about their sexual orientation. The group then attacked the complainants holding them while other members of the group punched them in the face, head and chest. During the assault one of the complainants dropped his bag containing his cell phone, wallet and credit cards. When police approached one of the suspects picked the bag up from the ground. The group then fled and were last seen north on 16th Street towards Walnut Street. Both complainants were transported to Hahnemann Hospital for multiple injuries. One complainant was treated for fractures and deep lacerations to his face requiring surgery and his jaw wired shut.
Suspect Description: A group of approximately 10-12 white male and females all in their early 20′s “clean cut” and well dressed. One suspect was described as having a husky build, brown hair, wearing a brown shirt and shorts.
If you see these suspects do not approach them, contact 911 immediately.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.
All tips will be confidential.
If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact:
Central Detective Division
Det. Domenic #9140
Det. Waring #8101
Previously: Police Seek Information About Possible Homophobic Attack
Previously: Pictures Released of Alleged Assailants in Center City Attack
Previously: Gay Men Attacked in Center City Released From Hospital With “Serious Visible Injuries”