From left, Philip Williams, 24, Kathryn Knott, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, are charged with aggravated assault for the attack on a gay couple in Rittenhouse on the evening of Sept. 11. Credit: PPD From left, Philip Williams, 24, Kathryn Knott, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, are charged with aggravated assault for the attack on a gay couple in Rittenhouse on the evening of Sept. 11. Credit: PPD

 

Police released the mugshots of three suspects today who are charged in the assault on a gay couple in Rittenhouse earlier this month.

 

"The Philadelphia Police Department would like to extend its gratitude to the media and the public for helping us identify and arrest the suspects for an aggravated assault in Rittenhouse," police said in a press release.

 

"On September 16, 2014, surveillance video of the incident was released and aired on local news stations, as a result, numerous anonymous callers identified Philip R. Williams, Kathryn G. Knott and Kevin J. Harrigan as the suspects in the video," the release states.

 

Williams, 24, Knott, 24, and Harrigan, 26 are all charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person for the Sept. 11 incident that occurred around 10:45 p.m. and left two men in need of medical attention, with one requiring surgery to have his jaw wired shut.

Police say that the male victims, 28 and 27, were approached by the suspects on the 1600 block of Chancellor Street.

"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," police said in a press release.

"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."

An article on Storify highlights the Twitter profile of Knotts, who in the article is quoted posting tweets that include comments mocking gay people and foreigners.