Philly TNB reaches epidemic level

New game called “Catch and Wreck”

Two preteens assaulted a woman walking home through a playground as part of a violent game called “Catch and Wreck,” in which children identify targets they think are homeless and then beat and rob them for fun, police said Tuesday.An 11-year-old boy was arrested Monday night and charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy and robbery, Philadelphia police Lt. John Walker said.

A 12-year-old girl was charged shortly after the Friday night attack in southwest Philadelphia. The victim was surrounded by children, then punched and hit with sticks, police said. She suffered minor injuries to her knee and head and delayed seeking medical attention to help police with the investigation.

Police also plan to charge the boy in an attack on a 73-year-old man who was beaten and robbed in the same area on March 13, Walker said. The victim in that assault, Vincent Poppa, suffered a heart attack and remains hospitalized.

A spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams said both children were being charged as juveniles. Their names have not been released.

Investigators believe the assaults are part of a game called “Catch and Wreck,” which children in the neighborhood described to them after Friday’s attack.

‘Flash Mobs’

Philadelphia police said a “flash mob” with thousands of teenagers and young adults swarmed South Street last night causing businesses to close early and bringing law enforcement from across the city to control the crowd.

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Olympia Pizza employee Seth Kaufman said he was beaten by a crowd attempting to enter the store.

“40 to 50 punches I took. 20 kicks. I just stood my ground as best I could and fought them off,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman and restaurant operator Paul Psihogios were trying to keep the unruly crowd from entering the business.

“I’m just trying to hold off the crowd, hold the door,” said Psihogios.

At 15th and South Street, a 27-year-old woman was brutally attacked after being surrounded by scores of people.

“She had a broken nose and they knocked out two teeth,” said Good Samaritan Rick Almeid, who aided the victim. “She was just an innocent young girl.”

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As officials sought solutions, more victims injured in Saturday’s Twitter-inspired flash mob came forward. Possibly thousands of teens stampeded in waves down South Street until nearly midnight, running on top of cars, knocking down pedestrians, fighting and urinating on neighbors’ property.

As police cleared South Street, young men fled to other streets in Center City.

In addition to a woman getting punched in the face about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, her boyfriend, John Kemp, 36, was struck a few times in the head at 15th and Kater streets. Kemp said he and his girlfriend plan to give police statements today.

About 11:20 p.m., at 15th and Market streets, police said, Deion Perkins, 19, was arrested after he and a group of juveniles allegedly beat an adult male near the Clothespin sculpture.

As an officer was putting Perkins into a police vehicle, the defendant turned around and allegedly punched the cop in the face. The two wrestled to the ground and Perkins ran off, but officers caught him nearby, police said.

Perkins was charged with aggravated assault of an officer and related offenses.

About 11:30 p.m., a young man entered the Bliss restaurant on Broad Street near Spruce and punched a diner in the head three times. The youth ran off.

In a fourth incident at 11:35 p.m., a 25-year-old Union League employee was walking to his car on Moravian Street near Broad, when he was jumped by 20 to 30 juveniles, who kicked him in the face and body. The victim was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital and treated for minor injuries. No arrests were made.

Three other arrests were made, including a 17-year-old on gun charges, a juvenile for obstructing traffic and an adult for disorderly conduct. No damage was reported.

‘Flash mobs’ are an ongoing occurrence:

Last spring, several people were injured when at least 100 people converged on the area. A 54-year-old man riding his bicycle home from work was critically injured when he beaten during the May 30 episode. In addition, a cabdriver was assaulted and robbed nearby and two people were pulled from a vehicle on Broad Street and assaulted and robbed.

And mobs of young people have caused disruptions in Center City three times in as many months. Some of the teenagers responding to a Dec. 18 call about fights at the Gallery mall food court later randomly attacked some pedestrians on nearby streets.

On Feb. 16, about 150 teenagers spilled out of the mall and some rampaged through a nearby department store, knocking down pedestrians and damaging displays. Following a similar episode March 3, police made 28 arrests and filed felony riot charges slated for trial March 22-23.

Children told police the game involves pinpointing passers-by they think are homeless and then beating and robbing them for fun, Walker said. The woman who was attacked, however, said she is not homeless.

  • Curt

    Philly has been dangerous for a long time now. Drive-by shootings are a common occurence. Now this. Since the police aren’t really able to deal with it, if it continues, then I would be surprised if the governor of PA does not call in the PA National Guard (if there are any left not fighting in Iraq) and declare matial law in that city. I have been trying to convince my wife that we should move at least 100 miles distant from ANY major city, as this type of thing will become more common as time goes on.

  • Back in the 1960s we had this kind of thing all the time. Watts riot is probably one of the more famous incidents. They solved the problem by doing two things: massively increasing law enforcement and the prison system, and building massive government-subsidized housing.

    The problem is that now our prisons are overcrowded. California has even begun to release prisoners simply because they don’t have the money or the space to keep all of them. And the federal government is so deep in debt they can’t possibly pay for their current programs, let alone more handouts for the coloreds.

    In the next 20 years the United States is going to either completely collapse, or devolve into Brazil Norte. Maybe sooner.

  • Paul

    http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/2010/03/not-always-sunny-in-philadelphia.html

    A flash mob occurred only two months over a snow ball fight and ended up causing damage to a store ( I believe a Macy’s ) as Black people rioted, looted and pillaged…

    Perhaps the dude that made the comment on the PA at Wal-Mart was at the Macy’s on the day Black went on on “flash mob”?

  • What me worried?

    Blogs and city forums report that there were comments like “f**k you white bitch”. No pick up on that. The local papers are worthless and there is only one local talker that might bring that up, Dominic …something, but I don’t think he has. He’s to busy with a black woman who claims black teams are treated to racism in the Burps and the evil kid who got on the Kaymart PA system. I think the kid will be burned at the stake. Only way to make the black people feel better I guess. The mobs destroying the city, well I guess that is just something whitey has got to learn to live with just like those Asian kids in South Philly High that are getting beat up every day.
    Oh, the rest of the talkers are all neo con whores. They ain’t touching race.

  • ATBOTL

    Philadelphia has been host to heavy anti-white violence since the 1960’s. There was a clear cut black on white racial murder a few years ago in which a black jury engaged in jury nullification. The city was a strong hold of Nation of Islam during the 70’s. The “Black Muslim Mafia”/NOI committed dozens of murders during that decade. A full list of outrages could fill an encyclopedia.

    Working class whites in the city are very racially conscious, but many make their livings in government jobs where they have to toe the line on race. The suburbanites are some of the most PC brainwashed whites in the whole country. There is bigger class divide than in most areas. The class divide is quasi ethnic too as the working class whites are Irish, Italian and German and the affluent suburbanites are WASPs or have assimilated into aracial WASP liberalism.

    The working class whites in the city can be organized, but not as part of any kind of tea party, conservative, anti-union, pro-rich people agenda. The is a group called “Keystone United” that has been doing local activism in Philly for about a decade. They originated as a skinhead crew and have no connection at all to conservatism, “race realism” or anything like that.

  • In the next 20 years the United States is going to either completely collapse, or devolve into Brazil Norte. Maybe sooner.

    I don’t know about your timeline, but I totally think Brazil Norte is the way we’re headed.

    I’ve done a bit of looking into all the DIY, open-source, backyard/desktop manufacturing and 4GW stuff lately and some of this shit will blow your doors off if you really think about where it’s all headed.

    The current order doesn’t have to be destroyed, or altered. We can just pass it on the freeway at 300mph with a honk and a wave.

  • Oh, the rest of the talkers are all neo con whores. They ain’t touching race.

    I’m getting tired of how many Jews there are on my talk radio station. The local broad that does traffic is a Jew, no, two of them are Jews, then that creep Schnitt comes on, then we get Savage, then on the weekends come to find out that Cigar Dave guy is one of the chosen (chosen to totally command all media I guess – Bar Mitzvah=”talent” don’tchaknow?), and I’m willing to bet that Kim Komando chick is too now that I think about it. For God’s sake why do I have to be fed my opinions by Democrat Jews, Republican Jews, Libertarian Jews, Liberal Jews, Conservative Jews, Neoconservative Jews, ad infinitum?

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    Svigor

    I’ve done a bit of looking into all the DIY, open-source, backyard/desktop manufacturing and 4GW stuff lately and some of this shit will blow your doors off if you really think about where it’s all headed.

    The current order doesn’t have to be destroyed, or altered. We can just pass it on the freeway at 300mph with a honk and a wave.

    100% agreement.

  • joe

    Lincoln Financial field is not in use. When the cuban refugees (criminals mostly) came here ther put them in stadiums, until they proved they had work and a place to stay. This is a good place for them.

  • Don Josiah

    The newly-coined term “flashmobs” denote groups of black teenagers who go on rampages for no apparent reasons, but often after athletic games, during good weather, and seems to occur when the mobs reach a critical mass and then sense their strength and start an orgy of mayhem and destruction. It has been a pastime in Philly for some time, but only in the last few decades have these mobs managed to reach critical mass without police interference. In earlier generations such behavior would have ignited race riots in the streets. Philly Whites were not so easily cowed in those days.
    Recently, Asians attending public schools have been attacked by black mobs and an investigation by the usual boards of educators and politicos have brought no relief to the Asian kids despite strong protests by Asian organizations up to the Federal level. Very few whites attend public school, as most of them attend Catholic schools, so poor Asians have to bear the brunt of this abuse. In the last outbreak of this behavior it was hard to determine the color of the agressors in the local rag. But one knows how to read between the lines in the Philly papers.

  • “The newly-coined term “flashmobs” denote groups of black teenagers who go on rampages for no apparent reasons, but often after athletic games, during good weather, and seems to occur when the mobs reach a critical mass and then sense their strength and start an orgy of mayhem and destruction.”

    Wrong. Flashmob is a spontaneous gathering of people usually brought together through technology like SMS. Race has nothing to do with it.

  • What me worried?

    Race has nothing to do with it.

    That’s true, last year a large group of white kids used facebook and twitter to gather in center city Philly…they had a large pillow fight; I think they disrupted traffic.
    I believe it is still on youtube.

  • jaydee

    Welcome to the next Detroit. As one politician said “the brothers and sisters are running the city” and it shows. These riots will only get worse as it gets warmer. The police need to play some serious hardball against these feral beasts. Parents of those arrested who are on any form of public assistance should lost all benefits immediately. Maybe if those of us who work and are productive stop feeding these parasites they will go somewhere else. These are not ‘flash mobs’ lets call them what they really are–full fledged riots!