Three police officers and two teens were injured while two other teens were arrested following a large brawl at a SEPTA station in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia Monday.
SEPTA police say they first saw posts on social media calling for high school students to show up at the Erie-Torresdale Market-Frankford Line Station for a fight. When police arrived they say they saw a large crowd of teens fighting at the station.
“Cops were definitely outnumbered,” Emmanuel Negron, who witnessed the fight, told NBC10. “There was probably about like a good 200 to 300 kids.”
Police say the responding officers were attacked as they tried to break up the fight. The crowd eventually dispersed.
Three officers and two teenagers were injured during the ordeal. One of the officers suffered rib injuries while the other two suffered minor injuries. A 16-year-old boy was also arrested and charged with assault on a police officer while a 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with trying to take a baton away from an officer. A third teen also received a summary offense for disorderly conduct.
A witness who did not want to be identified told NBC10 a similar brawl occurred at the station Friday. Police are investigating whether that fight is connected to Monday's incident. Negron also said several past incidents have occurred at the station.
If you have any information on the fights, please call Philadelphia Police.