Suspects arrested in Gayborhood attack
by Jen Colletta
Dec 05, 2013 | 2088 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Forte assault video
Two men were arrested over the weekend in connection with the brutal attack of a gay man last month.

Matthew Morris, 27, and Miguel Maldonado, 32, were arrested Dec. 7 and charged with robbery, aggravated assault and related charges for the Nov. 10 attack on Nick Forte in the Gayborhood.

The incident took place in the 200 block of South Camac Street and was caught on the surveillance camera of a local attorney's office, which led to the capture of the two men.

Morris lives in the 300 block of Springhill Avenue and Maldonado in the 4800 block of D. Street. Bail was set at $50,000 for each suspect and, as of Monday, Morris had been released on bail and Maldonado remained in custody at Curran-Fromhold.

Central Detectives last Wednesday released the video that shows Forte, 36, walking on the street at about 2 a.m. with a man walking next to him, allegedly Morris, appearing to engage him in conversation. A man, allegedly Maldonado, approaches from behind, carrying a flashlight, and strikes Forte on the head, knocking him to the ground and rendering him unconscious. The man who had engaged Forte in conversation then begins pummeling him while he’s unconscious. Both suspects fled, in different directions, on foot.

Forte, a former PGN employee, told the paper he had left ICandy and was going to hail a cab when he was attacked. The suspects allegedly stole his wallet, cell phone and diamond cross pendant. Forte was left with extensive injuries, including broken facial bones, a broken nose and broken eye sockets.

Forte indicated that the man who attacked him from behind is a bouncer at a local club, but investigators have not yet confirmed that to PGN.

Morris and Maldonado were charged with aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Four days after Forte’s attack, a 29-year-old woman was beaten, raped and robbed in the 1200 block of St. James Street, near the earlier incident.

The victim described her attacker as a well-dressed black man with shoulder-length braids and a dark complexion.

Anyone with information about the Nov. 14 incident should contact Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251.

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