Mayfair man claims roommates forcibly tattooed him

A Mayfair man is accusing several roommates of forcibly tattooing slurs and obscene images on his arms.

Officers responded around 10 a.m. Tuesday to a home on the 3100 block of Brighton Street. There, they were met by a 52-year-old man, who shared a basement apartment with four other people.

The man told police that his roommates held him captive in the apartment for several days and inked him with graphic tattoos. “The tattoos were on both arms,” said Lt. John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police Department. “There were some derogatory words, slurs, as well as some inappropriate pictures.”

The man claimed that, when he attempted to leave the residence, the roommates beat him up and forced him back inside. Police said the victim did not require medical treatment.

Officers took two men and two women into custody for questioning, though it’s not yet clear what, if any, charges will be filed in connection with the incident.

Investigators with the Northeast Detectives Division are conducting interviews in an attempt to determine exactly what happened. "There are still some things being worked out," Stanford said. "There was an ongoing disturbance within the house among the people there."

Investigators said the home is a known a nuisance property. Police have been called to the address 20 times over the past several years.

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