Assault suspects sought

Published 8:44 pm Monday, November 28, 2011

Suffolk police are seeking more than a dozen suspects who were involved in an assault early Friday.

The 28-year-old victim reported that he entered Boogie’s Family and Friends Outreach Lodge in the 1200 block of White Marsh Road just after midnight Friday. He said he was grabbed by one suspect in the doorway, and approximately 15 other people began to strike him, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.

The victim then ran into the parking lot and was followed by the suspects. They knocked him down and began to strike him while he was on the ground, George said.

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The victim suffered broken bones in his face and scratches, George said. No arrests have been made.

At a July meeting, City Council approved a conditional use permit for the lodge but restricted its closing hour to 11 p.m. on weekdays.

“It does appear that this incident was outside the hours that were approved,” George said. “Therefore, the city will be looking into any violations of the conditions.”

City staff initially had recommended requiring the owner to install digital video surveillance cameras that would cover the front and rear entrances, the interior, and the exterior parking lot. City Council, however, shot down that recommendation.

Anyone who has information on the assault is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.