Philadelphia police are still searching for more suspects after a “flash mob” attack over the weekend in the busy Center City district.
According to ABC7, a group of juveniles started randomly attacking pedestrians in the area of 16th and Walnut Saturday night. Six people were injured in all, including an off-duty police detective who happened to be out with his wife that night.
The officer saw two different groups of teens attacking people in the street. When he tried to arrest one of the suspects, the others began punching him. His wife reportedly tried to stop them, and she also got punched in the face, according to the local ABC station.
A homeless man who witnessed one of the incidents told ABC7 that he saw “a bunch of cops flying up on bikes.”
“As I came around the corner, a bunch of kids tried to run and the cops were going after them,” he said.
The off-duty detective who tried to intervene suffered a fractured eye socket. His was the most serious injury that night.
Two 16-year-old boys were taken into custody and are now facing assault charges.
Police are hoping to make more arrests in this case after gathering more evidence and looking at surveillance video from the area.
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