Two men beaten in Montrose

Men claiming affiliation with the Armenian Power street gang beat two men on a Montrose street early Saturday morning, police said.

A 21-year-old Montrose man was punched in the mouth and kicked in the groin multiple times after falling to the ground, and a 22-year-old Pasadena man was punched when the four men-two of whom claimed gang affiliation-got out of a white sport utility vehicle and confronted them at the intersection of Honolulu and Montrose avenues shortly before 1 a.m. April 3, police said.

The late-night melee does not appear to be racially motivated, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Investigators did not return calls requesting further comment.

Two of the men who assaulted the Montrose man claimed to be members of Armenian Power, a gang authorities blame for at least 100 shootings and as many as a dozen murders, according to the police report. The man told police he did not fight back out of fear that one of the men may have had a gun, according to a police report.

The men told police they had been drinking prior to the attack. Both men suffered cuts to the inside of their mouths and the Pasadena man received a cut to the back of his hand. However, they refused medical treatment.

The suspects were described as four Armenian males; three of them had shaved heads. Their vehicle was described as a Chevy Tahoe or a GMC Yukon.

-Jake Armstrong

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