Ringleader Of Broad St. Flash Mob Riot To Stand Trial


INQUIRER: A West Philadelphia man was ordered held for trial today on riot, assault, theft and other charges for allegedly participating in the May 30 “flash mob” on South Broad Street that left one man seriously injured and a local convenience store looted of thousands in merchandise. Stephen Lyde, 21, was ordered held for trial by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Bradley K. Moss in the late-night rampage by more than 100 teens and young adults on South Broad between South and Bainbridge Streets. According to testimony during this morning’s preliminary hearing, the mob converged on South Broad after apparently being summoned by text messages and online social messaging sites. Once there, the group blocked traffic, pounded on cars, stole merchandise and assaulted several people. MORE

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