Hundreds of youths gathered at Temple University Friday night in what devolved into a night of violence, with at least six students assaulted and robbed, rocks being thown at cars, and two assaults on police officers.
Police officers responding to reports of a “flash mob” were themselves attacked, and a police horse was punched in the face. Four arrests were reported. But CBS3 reported that as many as 50 youths were taken into custody by police.
One of the victim’s fathers, Joseph Lauletta, said his daughter is still “black and blue” over most of her body from being kicked, stomped and punched by a group of youths on Friday night. (Lauletta is the US Circulation Director at Metro.)
“I was on the way home from my son's football game and received a call from a number I did not recognize. ... It was my daughter on the other end crying,” Lauletta said. “I couldn’t get much out of her except that she was jumped."
Lauletta’s daughter, 19, who declined to comment and is requesting privacy after the attack, described a group of dozens of middle school to high school boys and girls rushing and attacking her and her friends as they walked on Oxford Street off of Broad Street. Only females attacked his daughter, he said.
“It happened so fast,” Lauletta said. “They attacked her, pulling her hair, beating her, kicking her mostly … there were so many of them, they pinned her down.”
Below, see grainy surveillance video of the group of teens swarming the street before Lauletta's daughter was attacked.