Long Beach Police warn of possible "Bash Mob" attack

LONG BEACH - A planned, sudden assembly of individuals who attack  people and businesses is expected in Long Beach today, police warned.

More than 100 people participated in a ``Bash Mob'' July 9 in the Pike  and City Place areas downtown, committing thefts, property damage, and  assaults, Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Aaron Eaton said.

Detectives investigating the July 9 crimes found out about another event  by the same group scheduled for 2 p.m. today, Eaton said.

``The Long Beach Police Department takes this issue very seriously and  will be prepared to arrest anyone whose intent is to commit criminal acts,''  Eaton said.

``We will continue to support everyone's right to free speech and  assembly. However, the police must also protect the safety of those victims  targeted by these `bash mobs.'''

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