PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are stepping up patrols in the city center. Rowdy groups of teenagers caused trouble.
Philadelphia police said three arrests were made over the weekend for disorderly conduct. People CBS3 spoke to say they couldn’t believe what they saw.
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“I have no idea what [expletive] is happening here but it’s not good,” one person is heard saying in a video of the incident.
Disarray and disorder on Saturday evening as teenagers took to the streets of the city center.
“My Citizen app was going crazy. It was actually pretty scary,” Lisa Wyatte said.
Wyatte was leaving her job when she saw more than 50 teenagers scattered along 10th and Market streets and on SEPTA.
“Down at the El platform and they were running all the way up the platform. They jumped off the platform and ran through the rails and everything. They were very young children,” she said.
The teenagers urged police to step up patrols in the fashion district.
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This is the second week in a row that young people are forcing the authorities to act.
The previous week, SEPTA officers had arrested about six people due to groups fighting and possibly assaulting bystanders.
“Beyond the teen, given the ramifications, we’re looking for parents to make it clear that you don’t want to ruin your life with a bad mistake,” said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel.
We raised our concerns about the juvenile activity with District Attorney Larry Krasner, who confirmed his office was investigating.
“We do what we think is the right thing in terms of public safety and that means protecting minors when they are victims of crime and that also means prosecuting them properly when they have committed crimes,” Krasner said.
“People are tired of being locked in, excluded, etc. in this pandemic, but not to vandalize. It’s just stupid. This is our home,” one man said.
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SEPTA advises people to use their SEPTA Transit Watch app. The chief says people can communicate directly with a transit officer to send someone to a location.