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Four Teenagers Arrested on Assault Charges During Flash Mob at Temple University in Philadelphia

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Four teenagers were arrested on assault charges after a flash mob attacked students, knocked down a police officer and punched a police horse in the face at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday night.

The attacks were carried out by bands of as many as 200 boys and girls, according to a statement released by the university on Monday.

Temple University spokesman, Ray Betzner, told NBC10, a local television station, that roving juveniles played a “cat-and-mouse game” with police.

The group gathered outside of an off-campus movie theater a little before 7 p.m., following directions of social media posts, before half of them broke off into smaller groups, the university said in the statement.

One teenager punched a police horse in the face twice as police officers on horses tried to break up the mob, while another boy threw a Temple officer to the ground, the Associated Press reports. The students also attacked each other.

About six Temple students were hurt during the attacks as they walked around campus between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday night.

NBC10 reported that as many as 50 teenagers were taken into custody and four — between the ages of 15 to 17 years old — were charged with crimes. The charges included aggravated assault, robbery and assaulting a police officer.

The university said that Temple Police will continue to work together with Philadelphia police officers to increase presence, especially on weekends. Walking escorts — where students can be accompanied by security officers — will be provided on campus every day of the week, according to the statement.