PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two teens were hospitalized after being attacked by a group of 12 boys on a busy SEPTA concourse Wednesday.

The attack happened at about 3 p.m. on the concourse level under Broad Street at the Chestnut Street entrance.

According to investigators, an 18-year-old and his 16-year-old girlfriend were kicked and beaten by the mob.

The 18-year-old suffered several injuries to his face, including a cut near his eye. His girlfriend’s lip was cut open and her pocketbook was stolen.

“I think there should be more police protection in the subways during the day,” the 18-year-old victim’s mom said.

SEPTA officials said they are working to track down the individuals responsible for the attack.

“We are trying to locate them and trying to further identify them. This is unacceptable,” SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.

This morning, some riders were alarmed.

One rider says, “I think they should have more police down here. It’s not enough at all, they think it’s safe because it’s downtown. There’s more police at Olney than downtown, but we need safety too.”

Another rider said the worst time to ride the subway is in the afternoon when all the high schools let out, and she says, the students are misbehaving. She, too, would like more security in the subway.

Leah uses the subway every day to get to school. She says, “My school is right down the street so I come here every single day, walk down the streets of downtown. So it’s very frightening and scary for my life.”

Reported by Valerie Levesque, CBS 3, and Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio

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