Police in Chicago announced last night that after going through hours upon hours of surveillance camera footage from various buildings and parking garages in the area where Jussie Smollett’s attack happened, they have pulled out dark, grainy footage of two “persons of interest” walking down the street. When I think of Person of Interest, I think of that other show that starred Taraji P. Henson, but Chicago PD didn’t release pictures of Mel Gibson’s Jesus (aka Jim Caviezel) and Ben from Lost (aka Michael Emerson). Although, the footage they released could be of Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. Hell, it could be footage of Bigfoot or the Chupacabra (sitting on Slender Man’s shoulders) in parkas. Or fat low-res shadows. Or literally anybody who owns black clothes in Chicago. But sarcasm aside, there is a reason why police want to talk to these persons of interest.
Chicago PD aren’t calling the two figures in this grainy ass shit “suspects,” but just two living things they want to talk to. They could be the attackers, but they could also be witnesses.
Photos of people of interest who were in area of the alleged assault & battery of Empire cast member. While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed pic.twitter.com/xJDDygtocr
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) January 31, 2019
The Chicago Sun-Times says that the footage was taken from a security camera on New Street near Illinois Street between 1:30 and 1:45 in the morning on Tuesday. Jussie was attacked a block away at 2 in the morning. His attackers were wearing ski masks and were dressed in all black.
ABC7 says that Chicago PD wants to talk to these two people, because there’s footage of Jussie walking across the street from them. He walks out of frame for about a minute, and reappears with the rope around his neck. As we sadly know, Jussie says that the two globs of shit mucous jumped him, poured bleach on him, put a rope around his neck, called him racist and homophobic slurs before running off while screaming, “This is MAGA country!” Chicago PD says that they don’t have footage of the attack, but are still looking over lots of footage.
Jussie’s manager, Brandon Z. Moore, tells Variety that he was on the phone with him at the time of his attack and heard the attackers scream racist shit at him. The Chicago PD asked Jussie and Brandon to hand over their phones, but both refused to. No word if Chicago PD will move to pull their phone records.
TMZ says they spoke with a woman who lives in Jussie’s building, and she told them what she saw about 90 minutes before his attack. She says she already reached out to a detective before talking to TMZ. At 12:30 on Tuesday morning, she was outside of their apartment building walking her dogs. She noticed a “redneck” looking dude hanging around the entrance. She described him like this:
She says, “He looked out of place.” He was a white man with scruff on his face wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short, exposing “thick, grey hunting socks” with camel-colored dress shoes.
She says she noticed what looked like a rope, or a clothesline, protruding from the bottom of his sweatshirt, made of white and blue material.
He was smoking a cigarette and eyeing another man who was 300 feet away near another entrance to the building. He creeped her out so she went back into the building 5 minutes later.
Jussie’s attackers were in all-black, and this suspicious dude was in almost all-blue, but then again, it was dark. That said, maybe she didn’t see one of Jussie’s attackers. Based on his ensemble and the way he was acting, maybe it was just some suburban dad waiting around for the trick he met on Grindr. Or a hipster waiting around for the trick he met on Grindr.