14 arrested after teen brawl in Center City

Posted: April 10, 2013

Fourteen people - possibly all teenagers - were arrested Tuesday afternoon when police confronted an unruly mob in Center City, authorities said.

About 3:50 p.m., police responded to a report of 100 to 200 young people running around the area of 15th and Chestnut Streets, said Chief Inspector Cynthia Dorsey.

Officers tracked the crowd as it moved back and forth between nearby blocks and witnessed a fight between two teen girls, Dorsey said.

The girls were arrested, along with 12 others, Dorsey said.

"We don't know at this point if they were here to watch a fight or a fight spontaneously broke out," Dorsey said.

"At some point, bottles were thrown at police," but no one was hurt, Dorsey said.

The Wendy's restaurant on the northwest corner of 15th and Chestnut, a popular hangout for teens, was closed because of the ruckus.

Three females and 11 males were arrested and Dorsey said she believed they were all juveniles.

She said she did not know which schools they attended.

Officers from several departments responded to the incident, including city police, School District officers, SEPTA police, and the Sheriff's Department.

Dozens of officers from many departments were dispatched because the area is a transportation hub, Dorsey said.

At 4:45 p.m., officers on bicycles were still blocking off sidewalks at 15th and Chestnut. Most of the teens had scattered.

"We're just trying to straighten things out until things are normal and calm," Dorsey said. "We don't know why it happened. It just happened."

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