HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Police across Southern California are beefing up patrols following Wednesday night’s crime spree in Hollywood.
Approximately 40 people had gathered in the area near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue around 9 p.m., knocking people down and taking their cell phones. Merchandise and cash registers were stolen from local businesses and windows broken throughout the neighborhood.
LAPD Commander Dennis Kato described the showing of civil disorder as a “flashmob”.
He said juveniles, ages 14 to 17, and one 18-year-old, were arrested for looting, assault, robbery and other charges.
Police are now trying to figure out how to stay on top of the activity, which is sometimes called “wilding”.