Police identify 5 suspects in downtown attack


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News, photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK and KVUE.com

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 11:10 PM

AUSTIN -- Police have identified five out of six suspects connected to a downtown attack captured by a viral video.

It happened just east of Interstate 35 on Jan. 26.

Police say they haven't charged the men because they are waiting to identify the sixth man involved, which may take a few more days.

Two of the men will also be charged with theft of a person for stealing wallets.

More than 400,000 people have watched the video.

Police chief Art Acevedo says the fight was not racially motivated.

"Some people have tried to paint this as a racial attack of African Americans against two white gentlemen, and let me just say this: our investigation has determined that race played absolutely zero part in this incident," Acevedo said. "This was nothing more than a bunch of people going downtown, getting too drunk, some probably smoking some weed."

Police say the fight started when the two groups passed each other and words were exchanged.

No one was seriously injured in the fight.

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