Flash mob incidents in Center City, Philadelphia left some people injured after being attacked including a SEPTA police officer. Two teens have since been arrested for the chaos that erupted.
Authorities say the incident started Saturday at around 7 p.m. on the 1700 block of Walnut Street when two big groups of teenagers became disorderly. One group left the club and attacked a group of people walking down the street. Investigators also say that the second group of around 100 teens also acted violently and harassed people walking nearby.
Lazario’s Pizza also told local media that a group of teens came rushing into his store after 8 p.m. and attacked two of his delivery drivers. His shop is located also on the 1700 block of South Street. One of the drivers suffered a black eye from the attack.
The owner also shared to the local media surveillance video of the rowdy teens taken outside his shop. He also shared photos of his injured employees. The employees are expected to recover from their injuries soon and be okay.
“Riots going on in Rittenhouse” also forced another shop, Cleavers Philadelphia, to close early on Saturday night. The store is located on the 100 block of S. 18th Street.
The authorities responded promptly to the reports of riots and attacks. The Philadelphia Police and SEPTA Police arrived at the scene and started dispersing the crowds. But as they were controlling the violent crowds, at least one SEPTA officer was also attacked.
Police say that overall, there were reports of three assaults and one robbery in all.
The two teens arrested for the attacks are under police custody. The authorities have yet to reveal their identities and the specific charges to be filed against them. It is also not clear what specifically triggered the attacks and riots, and if some of those involved were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Anyone with any information on the incidents is requested to call the Philadelphia Police.