Teens Arrested Over RHCP Assaults

Authorities in Newark, N.J., have arrested three teens that were allegedly involved in a string of assaults and robberies outside the Prudential Center.

Five people were assaulted and robbed by a roving band of teenagers while leaving a Red Hot Chili Peppers show at the venue May 5. The group also allegedly assaulted two teens at a different location.

One man suffered a fractured eye socket and needed 12 stitches and another was left unconscious following the attacks.

Two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old were arrested and charged May 9 with rioting, aggravated assault, conspiracy and robbery, the local Star-Ledger reported.

The trio was part of a band of at least 10 teens and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio told the paper the group’s motive was to harm their victims.

The attacks were captured on video, DeMaio said, and several of the assailants were seen “laughing” during the incident.

The attack was only the second major reported crime at the arena since it opened in 2007, officials said.