CRIME

Police: 2 Pa. anti-violence community organizers beat former roommate in property dispute

  • This undated photo provided by the Washington County, Pa., Jail shows Nikole Ardeno. Ardeno and Emanuel Velez are community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group and have both been charged with severely beating a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Washington County Jail )

    This undated photo provided by the Washington County, Pa., Jail shows Nikole Ardeno. Ardeno and Emanuel Velez are community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group and have both been charged with severely beating a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Washington County Jail )  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Washington County Jail shows Emanuel Velez. Velez and Nikole Ardeno are community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group and both have been charged with severely beating a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Washington County Jail )

    This undated photo provided by the Washington County Jail shows Emanuel Velez. Velez and Nikole Ardeno are community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group and both have been charged with severely beating a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Washington County Jail )  (The Associated Press)

Police say two western Pennsylvania community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group severely beat a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute.

Police in Washington, Pennsylvania, have jailed 30-year-olds Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, who allegedly jumped the man as he was walking down the street on Tuesday. Police say the defendants kicked the victim as he was unconscious, causing him to have seizures and vomit blood.

Police Chief Chris Luppino says Ardeno was still wearing the same "Stop the Violence" T-shirt that she had on the night before when she led a march in the city protesting two recent shootings. Police say Ardeno, Velez, and the victim, are all members of the group.

Online court records don't list an attorney for the defendants. The victim remains in critical condition.