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Police Chief: Photo on Social Media Isn’t of Assault Suspect

A photo being circulated on social media that is purported to be the suspect in the assault of a teenager is really a picture of someone with no involvement in the case at all, police said.

A 16-year-old boy from Bainbridge was severely beaten in Elizabethtown Community Park on Monday, Aug. 6. Police said a 24-year-old man believed to be the assailant is in state prison on a parole violation. Authorities have not released his name.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, Elizabethtown Police Chief Ed Cunningham said a photo of the wrong person is being posted on social media.

“There is a name and photograph being circulated on Facebook and other social media identifying a person as the suspect in the assault that happened in the Elizabethtown basketball court,” Cunningham wrote in an  email message. “The person identified in that post IS NOT the suspect, and he had NO involvement in this incident at all. The Elizabethtown PD has identified all of the parties involved in this incident, and this is still a VERY active investigation.

“If you have any information, or if you witnessed this incident, PLEASE call the EPD at 717-367-6540. No piece of information is insignificant, and every witness will be important to our case. We appreciate the community’s concern, and we assure you that we are actively working with the District Attorney’s office to close this case as quickly as possible,” Cunningham wrote.

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