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PHILADELPHIA — Surveillance video released by police on Tuesday shows one of the teen mob attacks in which Temple University students and others were beaten at random last week.  A university police officer and a police horse were...

Video shows teen mob attack near Temple University

PHILADELPHIA — Surveillance video released by police on Tuesday shows one of the teen mob attacks in which Temple University students and others were beaten at random last week.  A university police officer and a police horse were...

Video shows teen mob attack near Temple University

PHILADELPHIA — Surveillance video released by police on Tuesday shows one of the teen mob attacks in which Temple University students and others were beaten at random last week. 

A university police officer and a police horse were also assaulted during attacks on Friday night, police said. 

Four juveniles have been arrested in connection with the assaults, which started after nearly 200 people gathered near Temple University's campus in North Philadelphia in a meet-up coordinated through social media, the university said in a statement. The group split into smaller factions and the first assault was reported at 8:30 p.m., when police said roughly 20 juveniles attacked three people walking on Oxford Street near Broad Street. 

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A 19-year-old woman, who has been identified as Temple Univeristy sophomore Christina Lauletta by her father, a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were "kicked, punched and knocked to the ground" in the attack. Lauletta's father, Joe Lauletta, posted on Facebook that his daughter was taken to the hospital and "every part of her body is badly bruised." Her phone was also stolen in the attack.

Lauletta told the local Fox affiliate that his daughter was returning to campus with two male friends after attending a football game in South Philadelphia when the attack happened on Friday. "She had bruises on her back, her arms, her legs, her ribs and then they were stomping on her head and face," he said.

Two male teenagers — a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old — have been arrested and charged in connection with that assault. The teens face charges of aggravated assault, robbery and other offenses.

About a half hour later, a Temple University police officer was assaulted by a 15-year-old male, who police said was spotted throwing rocks at passing cars on North Broad Street. The teenager threw the officer, who was pursuing him on a bicycle, to the ground, police said, and tried to flee. He was arrested by another officer and faces charges that include aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Soon after, a 16-year-old male approached a mounted police officer and "punched the horse twice in the face," police said. The teen also tried to run away but was arrested and has been charged with assault on a police service animal.

Another attack was reported around 9:20 p.m. on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Police said "a large group of males and females in their teens" surrounded three people and assaulted them and stole items including a phone, wallet and back pack.

No arrests have been made in that incident.

Temple University said it was working with Philadelphia Police to increase police presence in the area, particularly on the weekends. The university noted that walking escorts and shuttle services are available.

"Please be aware of your surroundings while walking. If possible, travel with friends and walk in well-lit, regularly traveled streets or pathways," the university said in a statement. "Look around to make sure that you are not being followed. If you think you are being followed, cross the street. If you are being pursued, do anything that might summon assistance."

Erin O'Neill may be reached at eoneill@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LedgerErin. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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