LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police have arrested a 16-year-old for allegedly using social media to organize a mob of teens to attack and rob pedestrians on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Officer Bruce Borihanh says the teen is believed to have incited a chaotic crime spree, dubbed a “bash mob,” at the busy intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
Nine other teens are facing robbery charges in the incident, and have pleaded not guilty to taking cell phones, a wallet and a skateboard.
Bash mobs are like a flash mob but instead of dancing a choreographed number in public places, a bash mob converges to steal and vandalize.
Police have been trying to stay one step ahead of such mobs, and have recently issued warnings ahead of possible bash mobs.