By Wyatt Earp | June 29, 2011
Meet Terrance Howard. He is a local thug who likes to rob defenseless women. He’s also a coward, because he robbed the women while surrounded by about 100 of his closest friends. Terrance is part of the problem here in Philly; a problem that is growing more and more violent.
The two young women were sitting at a window table inside the Max Brenner restaurant on 15th Street, near Walnut, sharing chocolate fondue after some shopping. The streets were vibrant. The weather was nice.
“The city had a good vibe,” remembered one of the women, Maria, who requested her full name not be printed. But their night on the town was about to become frightening.
Before we get to the heart of this story, I think it’s safe to say that Philadelphia is officially lost. Please, if you value your safety, stay out of town. Flash mobs are becoming more frequent and much more violent.
Heading their way was a pack of teens roving through Center City after leaving a North Philadelphia music festival. They were part of about 100 or more young people who had left Saturday night’s event, police said, committing a series of violent assaults and robberies, including one against Maria, 25, of North Philadelphia, and her cousin Cecilia, 29, of Havertown.
Let’s not mince words here; most of these violent flash mobs are comprised of young African-Americans. They roam the streets looking for an excuse to rob, beat, and intimidate people. Why? Because they think it’s funny. Just last week, these animals broke a woman’s leg. And considering my department’s manpower problem, we cannot keep you safe.
If you have to come into town, arm yourself. Seriously.