Philadelphia and Temple University police are beefing up patrols on and around the campus in the wake of assaults by roving groups of young people.
Philadelphia police have arrested four teens on assault charges in flash mob attacks around Temple University in which college students were beaten, an officer was knocked down and a police horse was punched in the face.
The attacks were carried out Friday night by bands of as many as 100 boys and girls. A Temple spokesman says the roving juveniles played a “cat-and-mouse game” with police.
Police are cautioning students to remain careful.
The university has a service that matches students with someone to walk them home and an on-demand evening shuttle service called “Flight” for students, faculty and staff.
Officials have advised people to be aware of their surroundings and asked those on campus to travel with friends and walk in well-lighted areas.
Extra patrols are expected for the rest of the semester.
The Philadelphia Police Department sent out a video via its YouTube channel, and it has asked people to submit tips to Central Detectives.