200 Teens Fight, Disrupt Traffic in North Philadelphia, Police Say

Police responded to a large crowd of teens on Broad and Parrish streets shortly before 7:30 p.m.

What to Know

  • Police say a crowd of about 200 teens were causing a disruption in North Philadelphia.
  • The teens were fighting among themselves and at one point damaged a police car, investigators said.
  • No serious injuries were reported and no arrests were made.

A crowd of 200 teens fought, disrupted traffic and damaged a police vehicle in North Philadelphia Sunday night, officials said.

Police responded to a large crowd of teens on Broad and Parrish streets near Temple University's campus shortly before 7:30 p.m. Investigators said the teens were fighting, stopping traffic and at one point damaged the window of a police car.

The group also went inside the Wendy's restaurant on 1700 North Broad St. and overturned the tables, police said.

"I thought something was going to happen," Darlene Jenkins of Northern Liberties said. "You know the flash mobs. So I threw my food in the car and I walked over there and got something to eat because I didn't want to get caught up in anything."

Philadelphia police officers on the ground and in the air helped to disperse the crowd.

"It was a lot of cops," Jenkins said. "I'm going to say at least 15 cars maybe and then there was some out here."

Two teens were hospitalized during the incident. No arrests were made.

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