Twitter sleuths claim to have identified gay attack suspects

It took just a few hours for internet sleuths to find the clues that may lead to the capture of the suspects behind an alleged hate-crime attack on a gay couple last week.

These seven women and eight men are suspected by police of participating in a hate crime assault on a gay couple on Thursday night in Rittenhouse. Police are seeking help in identifying the suspects. Credit: PPD These seven women and eight men are suspected by police of participating in a hate crime assault on a gay couple on Thursday night in Rittenhouse. Twitter users have reportedly identified potential suspects in the case. Credit: PPD

 

It took just a few hours for internet sleuths to find the clues that may lead to the capture of the suspects behind an alleged hate-crime attack on a gay couple last week.

 

Twitter user GreggyBennett posted a picture of a group of individuals at a dinner party similar in appearance and garb to that of the 15 "clean cut and well dressed" suspects identified by police as being part of the group that attacked two gay men, sending both to the hospital and leaving one with his jaw wired shut after surgery.

 

 

Bennett, whose profile says he lives in San Francisco, first posted a picture Facebook of a dinner party that seemed to show the suspects seen in the surveillance video.

While no arrests have been made in this case and it is not certain the dinner party picture is from the same night as the attack, the individuals at the party resemble the suspects in appearance and in clothing.

FanSince09, an anonymous Twitter user, asked his 8,700 followers for help identifying the restaurant.

It was quickly determined to be La Viola Restaurant, at 16th and Latimer streets, just a few streets south of where the beat-down allegedly took place.

Then, by searching through people who had 'checked in' at La Viola on Facebook, FanSince09 claimed to have identified several suspects.


Now, reports say lawyers for several of the suspects have contacted police and are seeking to turn themselves in.


The PPD's Detective Joe Murray thanked the social media detectives for their help, but reminded them that no charges have been filed and no one is officially under arrest -- yet.



Check back for more on this story as it develops.

 
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