Philadelphia PA Oct 25 2016 Four teenagers have been arrested after a teenage "flash mob" in Philadelphia attacked college students and punched a police horse in the mouth.
Police say that roving groups of young people randomly targeted those around Temple University on Friday night after not all of the hundreds who coordinated the gathering on social media could get in to see movies at a nearby theater.
As many as 200 teens are thought to have been present as some groups of 20 or 30 attacked students, threw a Temple officer to the ground and punched a police horse twice in the face.
Campus safety records show two robberies, two aggravated assaults, three simple assaults and two incidents of harassment reported from 8:30 to 9:30 Friday night.
Joe Lauletta said that his daughter Christina was coming home from Temple’s football game when she was pushed to the ground by a group of 30 teens and kicked.
“Her head was stomped on. The whole side of her face, the back of her head was black and blue. Her arms, her legs, her back, her ribs,” he told WPVI.
Lauletta said that the employees at a nearby pizza shop intervened to stop the violence, but that “every part of her body is badly bruised.”
An unknown number of young people were detained during the fracas; though so far only four juveniles aged 15 to 17 have been charged with three of the assaults.
Temple Police said that a similar group of juveniles was seen near the school a couple weeks ago, and added that it is increasing its presence on weekends.