PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A brawl involving a number of young people, mostly girls, resulted in several arrests and charges being filed in Center City and the entire incident was caught on tape.
Police took a number of unruly teens into custody around 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, when group of teenage girls started to fight inside the H&M clothing store at 16th and Chestnut Streets. Police and store security were nearby and quickly broke up the feuding teens while onlookers grabbed their cell phones and started recording.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Severe Storms Expected To Bring Damaging Winds, Flooding And Isolated Tornadoes
A number of the teens attempted to make a get away following the incident, but police quickly rounded them up and took them into custody.
Video shows the store in disarray, a mannequin wearing a “Not Violence” t-shirt was knocked to the ground and lost it’s head, a gift card display was knocked over and pieces of a woman’s hair weave were strewn on the floor.
Police say the suspects in the incident face various juvenile charges, including reckless endangerment.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Community Leaders Urge Philadelphians To Vote, Announce Activation Of Election Task Force
Authorities have increased patrols and presence in that area since it has become a popular gathering spot for large groups of young people.
As milder weather sets in, police say they expect to maintain a large presence in that area of Center City. The same gathering area had been the scene of a previous crowd disturbance and a shooting outside one of the stores.
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Reported by Al Novack, KYW NewsradioMORE NEWS: Here Is Where The Pennsylvania Primary Race For The Senate Seat Stands