Group of 10 or 15 ‘Thugs’ Rob and Beat 5 People Following Newark Concert

Posted by on May 09, 2012 at 7:35 am

Maybe it’s “justice” for Trayvon. The story (naturally) fails to identify the complexion of the so-called thugs, so assume they could look like Barack Obama’s son. Assume also the victims were white.

A roving band of teenagers assaulted five people as they left a sold-out concert at Newark’s Prudential Center Saturday night, leaving one man unconscious and another with a fractured eye socket during a two-minute crime spree, according to police officials and incident reports.

The attacks happened as nearly 20,000 guests departed from a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert and marked only the second major reported crime at the arena since it opened in 2007, officials said.

When it was all over, three teenagers and two adults had been beaten and robbed along Broad Street between Market and Lafayette Streets, according to the police reports. One victim, a 23-year-old Pennsylvania man, suffered a fractured eye socket and needed 12 stitches to close wounds to his lip and eyebrow, the reports said.

The same group attacked a father and son from Morris County, stealing their cell phones and the older man’s wallet. The teens cornered the 14-year-old boy and repeatedly punched and kicked him, the reports said. A cab driver and parking attendant intervened and helped the boy, who then discovered his father unconscious and bleeding nearby, according to the reports.

The same group of thieves, described by Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio as a band of 10 or 15 “thugs,” assaulted and robbed two Livingston teenagers, according to the reports.

“It’s so unfortunate that this one group of kids can cause something like this to happen,” DeMaio said. “It’s sad.”

The victims and Mayor Cory Booker declined to comment.

A few weeks ago Booker was widely praised for rescuing a woman from a burning building. A shame he can’t show the same courage here and speak the truth.

Noted racial healer Al Sharpton was also unavailable for comment.

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