RPD investigating Denver Street assault as a hate crime, asking public for help identifying suspects


Rochester N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester police officials say a Friday assault on Denver Street is being investigated as a hate crime, and are now asking the public for help in identifying suspects in security footage.

Police responded to the area near Melville Street on the city’s east side and found two victims. A 30-year-old and a 23-year-old were assaulted on Denver Street according to police.

An investigation into the incident revealed that two suspects argued with the pair because of one of the victim’s sexual orientation. The 30-year-old victim was taken to an area hospital for their injuries.

“We have a lead investigator who is following multiple leads,” RPD Deputy Chief Mark Mura said. “We’re hoping to make one or two arrests in the near future but again, it’s very early in the investigative process.”

Mura said The Rochester Police Department is not ready to release what the actual charges will be yet. “We need to make that arrest and confer with the DA’s office what the charges will be.

In the security footage released, two suspects are seen entering “Big Town Grocery” on Parcells Avenue. One of the suspects in the video is seen wearing a white tank top and dark shorts.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office is being consulted on the case.

The Rochester Police Department is asking anyone with any information about the crime to contact 911.

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