Police investigate several mob-like actions by teens in St. Louis

(Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- For the second time in two weeks, officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating mob-like actions of juveniles.

Police said a group of seven to 10 boys and girls approached a 29-year-old man in the 4500 block of Forest Park Avenue, near Forest Park, Tuesday evening and surrounded him.The man, who was jogging, was punched in the face and stomach. The group demanded his phone, but the man was able to run away, according to police.

Twenty minutes later, the group, according to police reports, fled onto North Taylor, where they approached a 35-year-old man. The man told police he saw the group of six to 10 male and female juveniles cross the street and approach him near the intersection of Taylor and Laclede in the Central West End. Police said the man walked north on Taylor, but was knocked to the ground from behind. While on the ground, the man was kicked several times and reportedly had his iPod stolen, police said.

After assaulting the man, the group fled on Taylor, out of sight.

Both incidents happened between 6:30 and 7 p.m. about three blocks from each other. Neither victim was seriously injured.

Robert Smith, a Central West End resident said, “It’s nerve-racking. I have a little one, so you think about where that’s occurring. I try to get home early.”

Below is surveillance of those believed to be involved in the Central West End incident:

In late February, a similar incident happened in downtown St. Louis. Police said a group of teens entered the Sauce on the Side restaurant at 411 N. 8th Street and stole a tip jar around 8 p.m.

There was also damage reported at the Old Post Office Plaza, near Locust and 8th, where chairs were overturned. Police say two vehicles at 7th and Olive had window damage.

Police said they will conduct extra patrols in the Central West End, The Loop and downtown.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Captain Eric Larson said, “This weekend we’ll have cars out doing that. As the district commander, it’s my responsibility to have additional cars in the neighborhood area, which I’m doing as well.”

At this point in the investigation, police said they do not believe the two groups are connected.

If you know anything regarding either cases, call CrimeStoppers.

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