Flash Mobs 50-100 Strong Pounce On Random Pedestrians, Cops At Temple University
Police arrested four juveniles after a flash of mob-style of attacks Friday night left approximately six college students and a university police officer injured.
Groups of young teens ranging from 20 to 100, walked Temple University’s campus, pouncing on people at random, reports NBC Philadelphia.
Three different agencies, Philadelphia Police Department, Temple University Police and SEPTA police, came to respond to the attacks.
The teens kicked and punched random students and threw an officer to the ground. They also threw stones at cars driving by, according to authorities.
Christina Lauletta, a student at the university, had to be hospitalized because of the attacks, but later returned to school. A juvenile “held her down and kicked and stomped on her repeatedly,” Lauletta’s father alleged over Facebook.
The group apparently coordinated their meeting through Instagram, agreeing to meet up on a city street corner before attacking Temple University’s campus. Those involved apparently choose their victims at random and are not specifically targeting students, say officials.
Another female student said she was attacked while walking the campus with her boyfriend around 8 p.m. Her boyfriend ran away, but the group grabbed her hair, beating her head and neck.
“I somehow got to the other side of Oxford Street by the time they got me to the ground. I remember shoes coming for my face and after that I heard other kids from the group saying, ‘Yo chill, yo chill, it’s just a girl’ and they pulled my attackers off me,” she allegedly said.
A police officer fell victim to attacks at 9 p.m. when she tried to seize a 15-year old boy and landed on top of her patrol bike, scraping her knee and sustaining bruises.
The campus issued a safety alert around 9:30 p.m., according to Temple University spokesman Ray Betzner.
Police eventually took approximately 50 juveniles into custody and charged four with crimes ranging from aggravated assault, to robbery and assaulting a police officer.
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