NEWARK, NJ (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Police allege a group of teens engaged in a crime spree that left five victims beaten and robbed following a concer by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday.
According to media reports, the violence erupted as 20,000 people were exiting the venue following the concert. The group of teens, numbering 10-15 individuals attacked concert-goers, taking cell phones and leaving one man, a 23-year-old from Pennsylvania, with a fractured eye socket.
Police have been reviewing surveillance videos for leads on the identities of the suspects.
"I think that the taking of the cell phones was secondary. I think the main focus on it was to assault them," Police Director Samuel DeMaio told WCBS 880's Levon Putney. "It seems like it was done just for fun."
DeMaio went on to say that the attacks appear to be an "isolated incident" and noted that this is only the second time that there has been an incident following a concert since the venue opened. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers