On November 17, 2018, two Marines walking through downtown Philadelphia were attacked by an Antifa mob that was on hand to “protest” a rally that was happening nearby that day. It seems that the Antifa goons thought Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres were white supremacists and decided to teach them a lesson, one which included a severe beating and the use of racial slurs.
Two men were arrested shortly after the attack, Thomas Keenan and Thomas Massey, both of whom had longstanding connections to Philly Antifa. However, the remainder of the mob seemed to be escaping justice, at least until now. Today the Daily Caller reports a third man has been arrested in connection with the attack. Joseph “Jose” Alcoff is a leader of Smash Racism DC, the group that harassed Ted Cruz and Tucker Carlson:
Washington, D.C. Antifa leader Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, also known as “Chepe,” was arrested and charged with multiple felonies in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 in connection to the Antifa mob attack against two Marines in November.
Alcoff faces 17 charges, including multiple counts of aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy and terroristic threats, and one count of robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury…
Alcoff is an organizer of Smash Racism DC, the Antifa group responsible for mobbing Fox News host and DCNF co-founder Tucker Carlson’s house in November and for chasing Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz from a D.C. restaurant in September.
The Daily Caller reports Alcoff was picked up after one of the Marines identified him based on a previous story the Daily Caller had published about Alcoff’s multiple aliases. Luis Torres notified Philadelphia police that he believed Alcoff had been part of the mob and police agreed based on photos of the attackers.
Alcoff used a couple of aliases online to separate himself professionally from his more extreme beliefs. But as a leader of Smash Racism DC he was involved in the efforts to run Ted Cruz and his wife out of a local restaurant. The same group also showed up at Tucker Carlson’s home, spray painted his driveway and terrified Carlson’s wife who was inside at the time.
According to Godinez and Torres, they were in the city that day as part of an event they were ordered to attend that evening. They were approached by the Antifa group and Keenan, apparently, thought they might be members of the Proud Boys. From Philadelphia Magazine:
Godinez testified that Keenan asked them “Are you proud?,” to which Godinez remembers responding “We are Marines.” Torres said that he remembers Keenan asking “Are you Proud Boys?,” an allusion to one of the alt-right groups behind the rally, and one that Torres said he didn’t understand. “I didn’t know what Proud Boys meant,” he said.
Whatever Keenan said, both marines testified that Keenan, Massey, and approximately ten other people — men and women, some masked and some unmasked — then began attacking them with mace, punches, and kicks, and calling them “nazis” and “white supremacists.”
On the stand, Godinez said that he was “bewildered” by being called a white supremacist and immediately cried out, “I’m Mexican!” After that, as the attack continued, both men said that members of the group, including Keenan, repeatedly used ethnic slurs, including “spic” and “wetback,” against the marines.
One of the reasons these guys don’t get prosecuted for their crimes very often is that they refuse to roll on their fellow Antifa members. In this case, there are eyewitnesses and video. Here’s a video the Daily Caller put together about Alcoff’s multiple aliases: