Police arrest 4 juveniles for 'flash mob style disturbance' that sent festival goers running in fear

Police arrest 4 juveniles for 'flash mob style disturbance' that sent festival goers running in fear
Source: Lafayette Police Department Facebook

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - Police report four juveniles have been arrested for "flash mob style disturbance" that allegedly "attempted to create panic and chaos amongst festival goers."

The Lafayette Police Department reported the incident happened on Jefferson Street on the night of April 28 during Festival International.

Police Chief Toby Aguillard said the disturbance sent a large crowd of people running in fear from the downtown area.

He said the arrests were directly related to the police department adding crime cameras and officers to the area. He added the suspects were identified through video surveillance.

"Deliberate acts that cause fear and chaos in a crowd are dangerous to the public and costly to our businesses," Aguillard said in a written release. "Know that these criminal acts will be investigated by the Lafayette Police Department with vigor and to the fullest extent. The Lafayette Police Department urges all parents to discourage teens from participation in flash mob disturbances and warn children about the consequences of such actions."

Aguillard said the department is not releasing any photos or video of the incident at this time.

The names of those arrested were not released due to their ages, but all were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on Friday. They are all charged with terrorizing and disturbing the peace.

Detectives are still investigating and working to identify more suspects, so additional arrests may be forthcoming.

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