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Mother of teen arrested for "flash mob" violence, says it's mistaken identity

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cheri Allen says the past week  has been unbearable.

"I can't even fathom or wrap my head around the things that are going on in the last week," says Cheri Allen.

Her son, 18-year-old Shaquazz Allen, was arrested last Saturday night with his three cousins, accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint at a bus stop at West Market Street and Amy Avenue.

"They didn't try to run from the police. They cooperated fully because they were clueless as to what was going on. The police found no evidence. They were falsely identified," says Cheri Allen.

He was charged with robbery, and placed on home incarceration.

This incident happened on the same day that a "flash mob" of teenagers, caused damage and violence in downtown Louisville, in at least 17 incidents.  

One woman says she was with her boyfriend and five children when they were attacked at the intersection of 1st and Liberty.

A garbage can was thrown on her car. Teenagers were throwing rocks as well.

One person attacked her.

"The boy comes out of nowhere, punches me in my eye, knocks me out," Viola Loeffler says.

Shaquazz Allen and his cousin, 19-year-old Tyrone Booker,  were re-arrested on Friday evening. Police say it was in relation to this crime.

"He was positively identified through a photo pack, and did $500 damage to a car," the judge said in court on Saturday.

However, Allen's mom says she doesn't believe it.

"He said 'Momma, I'm innocent. I didn't' do anything. He says it hurts worse to be locked up for something you know you didn't do," Cheri Allen.

"City's just fishing for some kids to get and that's them," says Angela Montgomery, Shaquazz Allen's aunt.

Allen's family and attorney are now working to prove that he wasn't part of the "flash mob" that night.

She says he wasn't in the area, and she believes he was falsely identified.

"If he was wrong, I'd say he was wrong. I'd rather see him in jail if he was wrong than in a casket," says Cheri Allen.

"When they are cleared, and they will be cleared, this is going to get ugly," says Montgomery.

Allen's mom says the two teenagers accused in the downtown violence have since lost their jobs, and won't be able to finish school. This was their senior year.

The two boys remain behind bars at Metro Corrections.

A "not guilty" plea was entered on their behalf Saturday in court.

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