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Three to be charged in anti-gay attack on couple in Philadelphia

Three to be charged in anti-gay attack on couple in Philadelphia

Three people will be charged in a mob attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday  (23 August).

But they will not be charged with a hate crime.

Bucks County residents Philip Williams, 24, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Katherine Knott, 24 will be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy, according to the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.

This vicious attack shocked the entire country. An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia," District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement.

The incident unfolded at 10:45 pm on 11 September when a group approached the couple.

‘Is this your fucking boyfriend,’ someone in the group asked.

The gay men, both in their late 20s, were were taken to a hospital after they were attacked and held as other suspects punched them in the face, head, and chest.

One victim suffered facial fractures, deep lacerations to his face, and had to have his jaw wired shut.

One of the victims dropped a bag, containing his cell phone, wallet, and credit card. As police approached, a suspect picked up the bag and the group fled.

After a video of the 10-12 suspects walking on a sidewalk was released by police, an anonymous Twitter user tracked them down with a Facebook photo taken at a restaurant.

The suspects cannot be charged with a hate crime under Pennsylvania law which has led to a push for a major change in Pennsylvania’s laws to include sexual orientation.