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.'''