SOUTH PHILADELPHIA - May 31, 2009 (WPVI) -- A series of violent attacks and vandalism broke out in South Philadelphia overnight... and police say the culprits are juveniles and young adults.
The rampage started around midnight. Several dozen juveniles pulled a cab driver out of his taxi at 12th and South Street, then took off in the vehicle. They hit a car a few blocks away, injuring two people inside.
Other young people conducted similar attacks near Broad Street. Police say a woman who works in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and her passenger were pulled from a Jeep and assaulted.
Another person was assaulted in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.
A mini market located at Broad and Catherine Street was also ransacked. Action News was there as store employees assessed the damage.
At least one person was hospitalized after being hit in the face and head.
Now, Philadelphia Police are asking for your help tracking down the suspects. Anyone with any information about these attacks is asked to call Philadelphia police.
Youths rampage in South Phila.
By DAFNEY TALES
Philadelphia Daily News
Authorities are searching for a tech-savvy mob of teens who used online social networking sites to terrorize a South Philadelphia neighborhood Saturday night, police said.It's annoying and frustrating that there doesn't seem to be any logic or reason to these events. No cause, no reason... just random occurrences where large groups of teenagers causing trouble.
More than 100 youths arranged via unspecified Internet-based means to meet on South Street near Broad about midnight, swarming the area and leading to a melee that ended only after the mob had hijacked a taxi, pulled a woman from her car and assaulted her, and ransacked a convenience store, police said.
Several people received minor injuries, including the taxi driver and the woman, a paralegal with the District Attorney's Office, police said.
A Daily News editor who was riding in a nearby taxi watched as the tide of youths swayed in different directions along South Street near 12th, as members of the group held cell phones to their ears or sent text messages.
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