Two Marine Corps Reservists were attacked, maced and robbed in Philadelphia on Saturday by a mob of male and female protesters who called the Marines “Nazis” and “White Supremacists”, according to police. Antifa protesters were countering a so-called conservative “We the People” rally being held that day on Independence Mall. Police said several of the attackers were seen earlier at the protest.
Police reported the Marines were attacked blocks away from the rally by protesters who punched, kicked and maced them and stole a cellphone from one Marine. Police have not stated whether or not the Marines attended the rally.
Philadelphia Police took to social media seeking help in identifying suspects. Detective Paul Guerico posted to Twitter on Monday, “We need your help to identify these individuals responsible for robbing and assaulting 2 military reservists Please contact @PhillyPolice Central Detectives – SIU at 215-686-3047 @PPDFrankBanford @PPD06Dist”
Philadelphia Police posted a press release accompanied by a YouTube video:
On Saturday, November 15, 2018, at approximately 3:20 pm, the complainants, who are United States Military Reservists, were on the 100 block of S. Front Street, when they were approached by numerous males and females.
The group of suspects called the complainants “Nazis”, and “White Supremacists”. The suspects then maced the complainants, and then proceeded to punch and kick them.
During the assault, one of the complainant’s had his cell phone stolen from him by one of the male suspects. The offenders then fled northbound on Front Street, towards Market.
Some of the individuals involved were captured on video at an earlier protest in the area. If you see these suspects do not approach, contact 911 immediately.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847. All tips will be confidential.
If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact: Central Detectives Division: 215-686-3047 Det. Guercio Det. Palumbo DC 18-06-051972
Still images posted by Philadelphia Police of the suspects:
While police in their statements have not identified the service branch of the reservists, the AP reports police have stated they are with the Marine Corps Reserves.
“Philadelphia police say a group of men and women attacked several Marine Corps reservists near a conservative rally last weekend.”
Antifa protesters also beat a Jewish man they falsely accused of being a Proud Boy.