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Group comes 'out of the shadows' to assault couple

A Rochester couple is recovering from injuries this morning after police say they were assaulted by a large group of men.

The investigation began about 8:30 Tuesday night, when officers were called to the emergency department of a local hospital for a report of an assault.

A 20-year-old female and 23-year-old male told authorities that about 30 minutes earlier, they'd gone to Rochester Square Apartments, 320 31st St. NE, to pick up a friend they knew only by his street name.

While waiting for the man, an acquaintance approached the car and said he wanted to fight the 23-year-old, said Lt Mike Sadauskis. When the victim declined, the acquaintance threatened to break the car windows if the victim didn't get out.

As soon as he stepped out of the car, a large group — estimated at 15 to 20 men — "came out of the shadows" and began to assault the man. The victim's wife got out of the car to help; she, too, was assaulted, the report says.


When the group began to back off, the woman realized she'd lost her phone in the chaos, Sadauskis said, "so she went back to confront the group," and was assaulted again.

She returned to the car when one of the men allegedly pulled a pocketknife and said, "do you want to get stabbed? I'll stab you."

The victims drove to the hospital, where they were treated for cuts and scrapes, the report says. The woman may have sustained a broken nose.

They were able to identify some of the people present by their street names, Sadauskis said.

"We're familiar with them," he said; the investigation is ongoing.

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