- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Pennsylvania man is in critical condition after two “Stop the Violence” organizers brutally beat him Wednesday for allegedly stealing their property, police said.

Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, are facing charges for aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and disorderly conduct after they allegedly punched and kicked their former roommate until he had seizures, leaving him unconscious and bleeding in the middle of the street, The Associated Press reported.

Ms. Ardeno was wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she wore the night before, when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Chris Luppino said.

The victim, Joshua Magraff, shared an apartment with the suspects and was also an organizer in “Stop the Violence.”

The group’s leader, Suzanne Kelley, insisted the group does not promote violence.

“I can’t believe this is going on. I don’t want the community to get a negative effect from this, because they back us,” she told AP.

Mr. Magraff was still unconscious and in critical condition Wednesday at UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh, AP reported.


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