PHILADELPHIA (TCD) -- Two men were charged with murder and two more are wanted after a 28-year-old was beaten to death, including with a trash can lid, outside a cheesesteak restaurant Thursday morning.
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the incident occurred outside of Pat’s King of Steaks on the 1300 block of East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. Police say four suspects attacked two 28-year-old males and a 64-year-old male. Philadelphia Police believe the suspects possibly attended a Concacaf Champion League soccer game between Philadelphia Union and Club America.
After the attack, Philadelphia Police say the suspects, who they described as Latino males possibly of Mexican American or Central American descent, left in two vehicles.
WPVI-TV reports the victim beaten to death was identified as Isidro Cortes from Queens, New York. The 64-year-old is reportedly Cortes' father, and the other victim is Cortes' friend. According to KYW-TV, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, "When he collapsed, several individuals with the perpetrator began punching and kicking this individual when he was on the ground."
WPVI reports 32-year-old Omar Arce and 33-year-old Jose Alberto Flores-Huerta are in custody, but Philadelphia Police are still searching for 34-year-old Osvaldo "Willie" Pedraza and Victor Pedraza, 32. According to NBC Philadelphia, they are being sought on the same charges as Flores-Huerta and Arce.
Cortes’ cousin Eduardo Rangel told NBC Philadelphia that the group traveled into the city after the game at Subaru Park in Chester to grab a bite to eat. Rangel added that Cortes began talking about soccer with the other group outside Pat’s. Police were called to the scene around 1:56 a.m. They found Cortes unresponsive 10 minutes later.
The Philadelphia Police Department announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for every homicide.