NBCPhiladelphia.com - Denise Nakano
Three men were in custody Friday night for the beating death of Temple graduate Kevin Kless, 23, in Old City last weekend, according to police sources.
Philadelphia Police had three men in custody Friday night in connection to the beating death of a Temple grad in Old City last weekend and all three were expected to be charged with murder, police said.
All three are men are in the early 20s and from Philadelphia, police said.
Cops also had the alleged getaway car -- a dark-colored Toyota Camry with Pennsylvania tags -- that the suspects made off in on the night of the murder, according to sources.
A tip led police to the suspects and there are only believed to have been three men involved, not four as originally reported, sources said.
The city of Philadelphia, local Fraternal Order of Police and the Citizens Crime Commission are offering a $20,000 reward for anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the men who beat a 23-year-old Kevin Kless to death early Saturday.
Police released a description of the three men who they say beat Kless on the corner of 4th and Chestnut Streets while Kless was trying to hail a cab. The suspects were described as having light complexions and possibly being Hispanic, according to police.
Police initially said that four men drove away in an older model Maroon sedan, but on Thursday police said that they no longer had a description of the vehicle.
Kless was beaten shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the city's historic district, not far from Independence Hall. Investigators say Kless, who was with two female friends, was having a conversation with a cab driver after yelling at him to turn off his light.
At that time the men in another car began arguing with Kless and then three men got out of the vehicle and the beating ensued, cops said.
Police say the men punched and kicked Kless, who fell to sidewalk severely injured. He was pronounced dead several hours later.
His alleged attackers jumped back into their car and drove off down Chestnut Street.
The reward money in this case comes from a city fund used by police to help gather information to solve serious crimes, according to officials. Money from the same fund has been put up for murders that have occurred all over the city.
Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 215-686-3334.