Detectives have released CCTV footage of a violent bottle attack on an American student, by a gang of five Muslim men in the Muslim-dominant neighborhood of Tower Hamlets. Police believe the Florida man was targeted because he was “obviously not local.”
EastLondonAdvertiser (h/t Linda R) The detailed footage clearly shows five
Asian Muslim men setting upon Francesco Hounye, 22, who had only arrived in the UK three days earlier. They smashed a bottle into his face and then chased after him to continue their assault, repeatedly kicking and punching him.
The attack happened in the early hours of June 17 in Commercial Road, Whitechapel about 15 metres east from the junction with New Road. The victim had been out for the night in the Brick Lane area with his 23-year-old friend, who he was staying with while in the UK.
CCTV footage shows them being followed by a number of
Asian Muslim men as they walked back to the friend’s home in Shadwell and a confrontation beginning. It is not clear what was said but the exchange became heated and the suspects threatening and aggressive. One of the suspects grabbed a bottle the victim was drinking from and smashed it against his face.
The group pursued the victim as he ran across the road to escape. They chased after him and continued to beat him before making off.