2 of 4 suspects arrested in fatal Pat’s Steaks attack – NBC10 Philadelphia
Two of the four men wanted in the fatal beating of a 28-year-old New Yorker outside Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia are now in police custody and face murder charges.
Omar Arce, 32, turned himself in and was questioned by detectives over the death of Isidro Cortés last week.
Jose Alberto Flores-Huerta, 33, is also in custody, police said Monday afternoon.
Both men are charged with murder, attempted murder and other related offences.
Police continue to search for two other suspects: Osvaldo “Willie” Pedrazza, residing in the 2600 block of East Norris Street, and Victor Pedrazza, residing in the 1200 block of South Percy Street.
Osvaldo and Victor Pedrazza face the same charges as Arce and Flores-Huerta.
The men are also accused of injuring Cortés’ 64-year-old father and a 20-year-old friend, both hospitalized.
Tania Temple, Cortés’ cousin, told NBC10 and Telemundo 62 that she was “a little relieved” about Monday’s arrest.
“At least two suspects have been arrested,” she said. “However, it is only when the other two are arrested that I will say justice has been served.”
Last week, Philadelphia police released video of the attack that led to Cortés’ death.
Disclaimer: This video released by the Philadelphia Police Department is graphic.
Police are hoping someone will recognize the four suspects in newly released video of a violent beating at Pat’s Steaks early Thursday, NBC10’s Aaron Baskerville says the victim’s family just want answers.
In the video, a group of men – most of them wearing the shirts of the Mexican team Club América – can be seen fighting. The men violently beat the victims, who fell to the ground. After the victims fall, the men kick them.
Several bystanders appear to be asking the men to stop, and at one point a man on the ground can be seen weakly reaching out for help or to stop the beatings, but is struck again.
One of the men has the big red top of a Pat’s trash can, with which he hits another man.
Police said the attackers were all Latino men, including two with distinctive tattoos on their arms or necks. They wore Club America shirts. After the scuffle, they left the scene in two cars: one, a small grayish four-door car with damage to the right rear panel and the other a light-colored Ford Explorer SUV, police said.
The group was in town after earlier attending a football game between the Philadelphia Union and Club América.
Eduardo Rangel, Cortés’ cousin, said they went from Union Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia for food before returning to New York.
Rangel said Cortés, another Club América fan, started talking about football with the other group because they were wearing Club América shirts.
“They were just talking about football and we decided to order the food. Meanwhile he was talking and when we came back we started eating and I just noticed they started punching him And we tried to defend it, but there were about 12 people,” Rangel said.
Police were called to the scene around 1:56 a.m. When they arrived about 10 minutes later, they found Cortés unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead.
“It’s tragic,” Rangel said.
Anyone with information about the fate of the remaining suspects is asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or dial 911.