Five teenage girls have been arrested in Philadelphia after they attacked three students in vicious beatings in just a 20 minute time span that was caught on security cameras.
The girls, aged 14 to 17, were arrested on Tuesday after police found security footage of the five of them attacking one girl with a brick and punching two other students shortly after.
At least three of the girls are expected to be charged. The 15-year-old girl that used the brick to attack a 19-year-old student at Temple University is likely to be charged with aggravated assault.
According to the 19-year-old, who asked to remain anonymous, she was walking with her boyfriend when a group of 10 girls began to taunt and follow them. According to police, one of the girls then attacked her with a brick, hitting her in the face, fracturing her jaw and dislocating several teeth. The other girls then robbed her boyfriend.
“My boyfriend pushed the girl away from me that hit me in the face” the victim told reporters. “And then the girl’s sister came at me with a brick. I tried to get away as fast as I could. My teeth were halfway out of my mouth. I wasn’t thinking about anything besides getting to safety.”
“Her teeth were out of place,” her 20-year-old boyfriend said. “It was terrible, it was terrifying.”
“All of her teeth were pushed into the back of her mouth,” said her father. “Her five top, front teeth were bent all the way back from the gum.”
Police Captain Frank Banford described the incident as a “reign of terror.” According to Banford, releasing the video footage helped identify some of the girls involved, including several from a high school whose principal helped identify. Several other girls turned themselves in but police are still looking for more of the girls involved in the melee. Police have not released any names since all of the girls are underage. Three of the girls are expected to be tried as adults, however, because of the vicious nature of the attack.