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WASHINGTON, Pa. – 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.