Nearly killing one. via Police Release Photos of 5 Suspects Who Allegedly Beat Men on Christmas Day h/t Jim
Police in Syracuse have released photos of five men who are suspected of beating two men who said they had confronted the group for harassing a homeless person on a downtown street.
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A 29-year-old man and a 30-year-old man told police they intervened when the five men were verbally harassing someone around 11:45 p.m. Friday, or Christmas Day. The two men said a short time later the group drove up in a car, began arguing with the pair and then attacked them.
Officials say the victims spent the night at a friend’s house before seeking medical treatment Saturday.
On Tuesday police released photos of the five suspects and their BMW sedan taken from video surveillance cameras.
Local media have reported that Joe Grosvent and his cousin James McElyea were the victims. McElyea suffered a fractured skull.
A brother of one of the victims, Josh Grosvent, who is a radio host, posted an account of the incident on Facebook. He posted a GoFundMe webpage that included photo of a big scar on the side of one of the victims’ heads.
“Joe suffered minor injuries, while James suffered a much more severe [assault], taking repeated blows the the head and fracturing his skull. This resulted in the formation of a bruising and a blood clot to the brain & has a lot of recovery ahead of him. So now we are asking for help for him, his wife and four children while he is away from home and work for over the next few weeks,” the page says.
Police said the suspects were described as “Middle Eastern” and were “well-dressed,” with dark hair and trimmed beards, LocalSyr.com reported.
The five men are said to be between the ages of 19 and 21.
They were riding in a BMW four-door sedan, which was white or silver.
Syracuse Police are now looking to get video from surveillance cameras and are asking people with information to call the Syracuse Police Department at 315-442-5222.
Two suspects in the Christmas assault on a KROCK host and friend have turned themselves into police, according to Syracuse Police Sergeant Richard Helterline.
Police say 18-year-old Nouman Khan and 20-year-old Hamza Khan, both of Binghamton, were charged Tuesday night with third-degree assault and released on appearance tickets.
Update 2: Check out Nouman Khan’s twitter page – he’s a hardcore jihadist – and Obama fan:
Nouman Khan, 18, pleaded guilty to gang assault, which means that he participated in an attack with two or more others. (It has nothing to do with being related to a street gang.) Khan will be sentenced to five years on probation, in addition to a possible jail sentence.
Khan has agreed to pay upwards of $6,000 for victim James McElyea’s medical bills. McElyea suffered a fractured skull, among other injuries.
Three others with Khan that night have also pleaded guilty. Hamzi Khan, Abdul Hamid Izat Haji and Ismaeel Al-Ashoor all admitted to misdemeanor assault. Hamzi Khan and Izat Haji were given conditional discharges, meaning they must stay out of trouble for a year. Al-Ashoor was sentenced to three years of probation.