LMPD investigating string of attacks in downtown Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD officers responded to numerous calls between 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Saturday night involving a large group of teenagers.
According to police, around 200 teenagers were gathered at the Big Four Bridge when 12 people started assaulting and robbing a 13-year-old girl. When an adult male tried to intervene, the group turned on him.
Once police were called to the scene, officers dispersed the large group of teens.
Officials say that's when calls began streaming in for random violent acts and disorderly conduct throughout downtown.
According to a press release, at least three people were injured and taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Police say once the large group left Waterfront Park, 70-80 teens were reported to be causing a scene at the White Castle on 1st Street. Nearby, a woman reported a group of teens assaulted her while she was parked in her car. Police say her two children were in the car with her, as the suspects repeatedly punched her and threw trash cans at the car.
A group then raided Bader's Market on South 1st Street. Police say they took items off the shelves and assaulted the clerk as he tried to close the doors on them.
Police were then called to three separate assaults on 5th and Broadway, 6th and Broadway, and 3rd and Chestnut. Each victim in those assaults had to be transported to the hospital.
Police say this is not common for Louisville, pointing out that crime rates in downtown Louisville have dropped in recent years.
"With the exception of last night, our community usually is a safe place," said Police Chief Steve Conrad who described the outbreak of violence as "mob-like" behavior.
Conrad only knew of one arrest from Saturday's crime outbreak.
Police are still looking for suspects and ask that anyone who was either assaulted, or witnessed an assault, vandalism or robbery Saturday night call police. Information should be directed to the anonymous tip line (502) 574-LMPD.
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