2 charged, 2 sought in death outside cheesesteak restaurant

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities have announced charges against two men and arrest warrants against two others in the death of a New York City man beaten with a trash can lid and pummeled during a brawl outside a famous Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant last week

Police said Monday that 32-year-old Omar Arce and 33-year-old Jose Flores-Huerta are charged with murder, attempted murder and related offenses in the death early Thursday of 28-year-old Isidro Cortez of Queens.

Osvaldo Pedraza, 34, and Victor Pedraza, 32, were being sought on murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and other charges, police said.

Authorities said earlier that the violence at Pat’s King of Steaks early Thursday may have may involved spectators who earlier attended a Wednesday night soccer game in which the Philadelphia Union had lost to Club América.

Cortez was fatally beaten and two other people, including his 64-year-old father, were injured in the fight before the suspects fled in an SUV, police said. Alcohol may have played a role in the brawl, police said.

Police were called to the restaurant in July after a New Jersey man was shot and killed during an argument police said started over football. A Pennsylvania man was charged in that shooting.

It’s unclear whether the defendants have defense attorneys; a phone listed for Osvaldo Pedraza said he wasn’t able to receive calls and numbers for the other three defendants couldn’t be found Monday.