South Orange deals with mob-like weekend crowds

South Orange residents say they are living in fear of spontaneous mob-like gatherings and are calling for more community policing.Officials say approximately 300 to 500

SOUTH ORANGE - South Orange residents say they are living in fear of spontaneous mob-like gatherings and are calling for more community policing.

Officials say approximately 300 to 500 teenagers reportedly walk into town on any given weekend with no explanation as to where they are coming from. It is suspected that social media plays a role in the organization of the events.

The owner of New York Fried Chicken told News 12 New Jersey that a large group of teens recently showed up at his shop and injured his cook. That attack was just the latest report of the so-called flash mobs.

Authorities say the mobs put a strain on local police and safety recommendations have been heard at village town meetings. Police say they're open to any suggestions.

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