Police Seek Suspects in Brutal Assault

By Alison Burdo
|  Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:39 AM EDT
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2 Men Sought in Assault, Robbery

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A photo of Nick Forte after police say he was beaten and robbed.

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Detectives with the Philadelphia Police Department's Central Division are searching for two suspects responsible for a robbery and attack last month.

On Nov. 10 at about 2 a.m., 36-year-old Nick Forte was walking along the 200 block of South Camac Street in Washington Square when he was struck from behind and knocked unconscious, according to police. A second assailant continued to punch the victim in the face while he lay on the street. 

The attackers stole Forte's wallet, cell phone and a gold necklace with a diamond before fleeing the scene. 

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Forte told PhillyGay News that he remained unconscious on the ground until about 3:30 a.m. when a passerby discovered him.  The unknown woman transported Forte to his parents' house in her own car after she was unable to obtain additional assistance or hail a cab driver willing to take him to a hospital, he said. 

Both of Forte's eye sockets and cheek bones were broken, along with his nose and a rib, the PhillyGay News reports.  "They did a real number on me," he said. 

Police describe the first suspect, who was holding a flashlight during the robbery, as a white male wearing a red, white and blue coat, dark colored pants and shoes.  The second assailant is a white male with short hair, who was wearing glasses, a dark colored dress coat, blue jeans and brown shoes. 

A ring Forte was wearing on his right hand is currently being processed for DNA evidence, but a detective says it is unlikely to provide any clues since the item had the victim's blood on it. 

The aggravated assault was the second in the vicinity in the span of four days. A 29-year-old woman was beat, robbed and raped on the 1200 block of St. James Street around 11 p.m. on Nov. 14. 

She was leaving Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar on S. 12th Street to feed a parking meter when an unidentified man assaulted her.

 


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