Temple University students and police assaulted by teen flash mob in N. Philly

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NORTH PHILADELPHIA, PA – Reports say four teens ranging from 15 to 17-years-old were taken into custody in connection to random attacks Friday near Temple University.

Police say they have increased their presence in the area this week and will continue to do so throughout the weekend. Authorities say with Halloween parties likely to be happening all around campus this weekend, patrols will be on high alert.

Investigators say the group of teens randomly targeted Temple students as well as two police officers and a police horse. Authorities say flash mob attacks all started as a meet up on social media but when the movie theater near campus was sold out, close to 200 teens split off into groups dead set on causing trouble.

They punched, kicked, robbed and assaulted students.


Rachel Barile is a senior at Temple and told PHL17, “I mean, walking over there, you kind of have to watch your surroundings at all times.” Barille said one of her lacrosse teammates was assaulted a few weeks back.

Temple students can get a Temple Police officer to escort them home from class from 4:00 pm to 6:00 am daily.

From a cell phone you need to dial 215-777-9255.