Reward Goes up to $20K for Arrest of Old City Beating Suspects

Police are searching for four suspects, but no longer have a reliable description of the vehicle they drove

By Teresa Masterson and Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 3:38 PM EDT
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Kevin Kless was brutally beaten early Saturday morning in Old City. Police are in search of the suspects and the city is now offering a $15,000 reward for anyone with information. - Justin Pizzi

Kevin Kless was brutally beaten early Saturday morning in Old City. Police are in search of the suspects and the city is now offering a $15,000 reward for anyone with information.

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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 Temple grad to death in Old City early Saturday.

Police have released a description of the three men who they say beat Kevin Kless, as well as the fourth man who was the driver of the getaway car, on the corner of 4th and Chestnut streets while Kless was trying to hail a cab.

All four suspects are described as having light complexions and possibly being Hispanic, according to police.

Two of the suspects are about 20 years old -- one is 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a white shirt with blue stripes and the other is 6-feet tall with a medium build and wearing a maroon shirt, according to police.

Police say the third suspect is 6 feet 2 inches tall but there is no description of his clothes. A fourth suspect has no other description besides possibly being Hispanic, police said.

Police initially said that the four men drove away in an older model Maroon sedan, but on Thursday police said that they no longer have 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 the maroon car began arguing with Kless and then three men got out of the car 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.

Philly's top cop had a message for the alleged getaway driver.

“Any chance they have of trying to work something out with the district attorney, now is the time,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. “If we have to come get you, forget about it.”

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 to call homicide detectives at 215-686-3334. 

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