"Detectives are seeking to identify and interview the two subject (s) depicted in the pictures above, walking on New St. near IL, between 1:30 a.m.to 1:45 a.m.in order to determine whether they may have any involvement in the reported incident, or if they may have witnessed the incident".
The actor needed medical attention after two men beat him up, poured an unknown chemical substance over him and even put a noose around his neck while shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him. But he said they still need to collect and view more.
"We haven't seen anybody, at this point, matching the description he gave". "There are still a lot more cameras that we have to look at".
In the search for answers as to who these attackers were, police began looking for surveillance videos. Like his character, Smollett identifies as gay. Police say he now has a rope around his neck and is 'wearing it like a neck tie.' About a minute (maybe less) has passed since he was seen on video.
Guglielmi said Smollett and his manager told detectives they were talking on the phone at the time of the attack, but that the 36-year-old actor declined to turn over his phone records to the detectives, who routinely ask for such information during criminal investigations.
Smollett told police that two masked men jumped him on his walk home at around 2 a.m. CT on Tuesday.
Smollett's parents, Janet and Joel Sr., met in the San Francisco Bay area as they worked on civil rights causes.
Police are looking to speak to two persons of interest who appeared in a surveillance image released by cops on Wednesday evening.
The FBI is investigating that alleged letter, Guglielmi told PEOPLE.
Actor Jussie Smollett attends The Trevor Project's 2018 TrevorLIVE gala at The Beverly Hilton, in Los Angeles, on December 02, 2018.
Jussie Smollett in 2016.
His manager Brandon Z. Moore told Variety that he heard the men making a reference to "MAGA country", a phrase referring to Trump's slogan Make America Great Again. "While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed", Chicago Police tweeted late yesterday.
Police say the cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests. "If someone drove into this area, we will find them".