3 Teens Arrested in Post-Concert Newark Assault, Robbery

Five people were targeted, including a 23-year-old Pennsylvania man who suffered a fractured eye socket

Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 11:31 AM EDT
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3 Teens Arrested in Post-Concert Attacks

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Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the beating and robbery of five people following a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Newark over the weekend, police say.

The wave of violence broke out as nearly 20,000 people left the Prudential Center after Saturday's show when what was described as a group of teenagers began randomly attacking people, police said.

There were five separate incidents reported to police during a 15- or 20-minute period after the concert. Three teenagers and two adults were targeted, including a 23-year-old Pennsylvania man who suffered a fractured eye socket.

Police received a tip that three of the alleged suspects in the attack were seen getting on a NJ Transit bus Wednesday afternoon near Broad Street.

Police stopped the bus at an intersection and took the three teenagers -- two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy from Newark -- into custody.

The trio has been remanded to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with rioting, aggravated assault, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Their identities were withheld.

"I am alarmed that our youth who should either be at home under a parent’s supervision or engaged in some type of productive or recreational activity, are instead roaming our streets creating mayhem through senseless and random acts of violence," Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said in a statement.

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