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Police arrest 2, seek 2 in attack on French Quarter tourists

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Alfredo Watts | 28 June, 2017, 03:08

A court hearing was held Tuesday for two suspects now in custody in connection with a brutal French Quarter beating that sent two tourists to the hospital.

A source said three of the four assailants live at Covenant House on North Rampart Street.

Curran was treated and released, but Byrne remains hospitalized in critical condition. Both Paul and Simmons have been arrested and booked with second-degree robbery.

Paul turned himself into authorities Monday after first confiding to a pastor from a Desire neighborhood church that he was involved in the robbery.

New Orleans Police said the main aggressor in the brutal attack on two MA men, Dejuan Paul, 21, turned himself in Monday.

According to Convent House, 21-year-old Dejuan Paul, 18-year-old Joshua Simmons and 18-year-old Nicholas Polgowski all lived at the house before Saturday's violent robbery.

There is no evidence that weapons were used in this case, police said.

'If you look at the video, it seems evident they were attacked from behind, they didn't see it coming and they did not fight back. The organization has been holding a national religious conference in New Orleans.

The attack was caught on video, which was shared with media outlets.

Video shows the suspects approach the victims from behind, before one of the men is placed in a chokehold and the other is punched in the face.

Curran eventually finds his glasses on the sidewalk and crawls to Byrne and appears to try to talk to him as two other people walk up to the men to offer assistance, with one taking out his cellphone, apparently to call 911.