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Suspects record NE Phila. supermarket beating

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The suspects in the beating of a man at Northeast Philadelphia supermarket recorded the incident on video and Action News found it.

It's only 36 seconds long, but cell phone video discovered by Action News on YouTube shows a vicious attack on a Northeast Philadelphia man inside the Franklin Mills Boulevard Pathmark.

"I have no idea why they were there, they weren't there to purchase food, they look like they were just there to cause problems and actually they did," Lt. Ray Evers of the Philadelphia Police Department said.

Earlier in the day, police released the store's surveillance video of the Saturday night attack where the victim was punched and beaten with a bottle.

RELATED: Watch the surveillance video on the Philadelphia Police Department's YouTube channel

Police say he and his brother were strolling through the frozen food aisle when three young men and a woman, walked up and sparked a verbal confrontation which led to a supermarket brawl.

The surveillance showed that one of the suspects was recording the incident.

A quick search online and there it was on YouTube, a web site called keek.com, and twitter where they laughed about the incident.

Those sites led Action News to a Facebook page and the person who not only claimed responsibility; he posted the names of his friends in the video.

Late tonight, that video was removed from all of the sites, possibly by the attackers who didn't take it down fast enough.

Detectives say they've already got the video.

They've asked us not to release any names or show the profile picture from the Facebook page as they work to track down the suspected grocery store troublemakers and the Chevrolet Aveo police believe they left in.

Police say one of the suspects took a money clip with $100 in cash from the victim.

Shoppers, meanwhile, are on the lookout.

"It surprises me a lot. Surprised something like that would happen in here. I never heard of anything like that happen in here before," Kelvin Mosley of Northeast Philadelphia said.

"I think that's real crazy; it's just crazy how people do other people," Lezly Galloway of Northeast Philadelphia said.

Pathmark spokesperson Marcy Connor released the following statement about the incident:

An unfortunate incident took place at our Northeast Philadelphia Pathmark on Sept. 29. We continue to work with local authorities and cannot comment on the ongoing police investigation regarding this incident.

Police have released the following descriptions of the suspects:

Suspect #1: Hispanic male, medium complexion, 20 years-of-age, 5'8", wearing earrings, nose ring, baseball hat, blue jacket, tee shirt and tan shorts.

Suspect #2: Hispanic male, 20 years-of-age, 6'0", dark skin, glasses, afro and goatee, wearing a red long sleeve shirt and tan pants.

Suspect #3: Hispanic or Asian male, 5'6", stocky build, wearing a blue track suite.

Suspect #4: Hispanic female, dark hair mid back length, wearing a red coat and blue jeans. Police say if you see the 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 or use this electronic form.

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