Posted on March 7, 2017

Philly Police: More Than 100 Kids Participated In Flash Mob, 20 Arrested

Dan Wing, Trang Do and Brandon Longo, CBS Local, March 6, 2017

More than 20 people were arrested after a flash mob of more than 100 teenagers wreaked havoc in Center City Philadelphia Monday evening.

Police say the group gathered in the area of 15th and Market Streets around 5:30 p.m., and began fighting and running in and out of traffic with no regard for others.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says 20 people were cited for disorderly conduct, while a few others may face more serious charges after several people were violently attacked.

“They were actually beaten, maced and claim to have even been tased. We know they were assaulted for sure. We had four people, we do not know if charges will be approved on those four.


The motive for the large crowd is unclear at this time. Commissioner Ross says police believe it was planned through social media.


Police say a female officer was injured when she fell off of her bike while responding to the mob.