Mayor calls for calm after mob of teens assault, rob victims
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- According to the latest reports from police, at least 17 incidents were reported after a group of approximately 200 teens began robbing and assaulting people Saturday night.
Police say it started around 7:45 p.m. when the teens gathered near the entrance of the Big Four Bridge.
That's where police say 12 teens assaulted and robbed a 13-year-old girl, as well as a man who came and tried to help her.
Officers broke up the crowd, but shortly after that, there were more problems in the downtown area.
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.
On Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer addressed the problem, telling the teens their behavior was unacceptable.
"To the young kids, y'all know what you did was wrong. You weren't raised this way. It's not the way we roll in the city. We expect greatness from our youth. We don't expect violence from our youth. So we're calling on you, obviously, to get your act together."
Police patrols will be stepped up near the Big Four bridge on nights and weekends.
Officers will increase patrols in Waterfront park on nights and weekends. So far, police say only one arrest has been made in connection with the incidents, and they're still looking for more suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD (574-5673).
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