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Victim of Beating Outside Geno's Steaks Says Attackers Claimed They Were Part of ISIS

Victim of Beating Outside Geno's Steaks Speaks Out

A man who was allegedly beaten up along with his wife and two friends outside Geno's Steaks in South Philly is speaking out for the first time. Patrick Kane told NBC10's Brandon Hudson the men who attacked them claimed they were part of ISIS. (Published Monday, June 20, 2016)

A man who was allegedly beaten up along with his wife and their two friends outside of one of South Philadelphia's iconic cheesesteak shops, says their attackers claimed they were part of ISIS. 

Patrick Kane, 31, told NBC10 he, his wife and his friends went to Geno's Steaks along S 9th Street around 4:15 a.m. back on June 11 after attending a wedding. Kane says one of his friends asked a group of five men for a cigarette. That's when one of the men allegedly snapped.

"The guy just like snapped," Kane said. "Started yelling and cursing at them. [He said], 'You don't know who we are! Don't mess with us! We belong to ISIS!'"

Kane said the man then confronted his wife.

"He got in her face and said, 'What makes you think I'm joking? Then he put his hands on her and pushed her across the sidewalk."

Kane told NBC10 he then jumped in to protect her but the group of men attacked him, slapped his wife and beat one of his other friends as well.

"I got hit in the nose," Kane said. "I got hit in the back of the head."

Philadelphia Police released surveillance video showing the group of suspects moments before the attack, which they described as "too graphic to show." In the video you see five guys – three wearing sports caps with stickers still on the brims – and a woman – believed to be a getaway driver – purchasing cheesesteaks.

CAUGHT ON CAM: Geno's Steaks Beating SuspectsCAUGHT ON CAM: Geno's Steaks Beating Suspects

Philadelphia Police asked for the public's help to identify five assault suspects and a getaway driver caught on camera moments before a beating "too graphic to show."
(Published Monday, June 20, 2016)

After the beating the suspects jumped into two vehicles with New Jersey plates – a dark-colored pickup truck and a sport utility vehicle, said investigators.

Police didn’t reveal exact descriptions of the assault suspects who all appeared to be young men.

Patrick Kane shared these photos of himself that he took moments after he, his wife and their two friends were allegedly beaten by a group of men outside Geno's Steaks.
Photo credit: Patrick Kane

Kane was badly bruised after the incident and shared photos with NBC10 of his injuries moments after the beating. More than a week later, he still has a faint scar under his right eye. Kane said he was especially taken aback by the "ISIS" remark.

"You can't really take things lightly anymore," Kane said. "Even if you sit there and say it's a joke, it's not funny."

NBC10 asked police about the alleged "ISIS" comments. Police said they're only investigating the incident as an assault at this time however.

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Philadelphia Police are asking for help in identifying the group who beat up a man and his friends outside popular Philly cheesesteak spot Geno's Steaks on June 11.
(Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016)

Geno's Steaks called the attack unacceptable.

"We as a company do not condone any type of physical conflict," said a statement from Geno's. "Physical disputes are not acceptable anywhere and should not go without punishment. We are asking our patrons and the public to contact police if they have any information that will help identify the individuals involved."

Anyone with information on the incident or recognizing any of the suspects is asked to contact Philly Police.

  

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