ASTORIA — Police have arrested five teenage girls after a vicious brawl in Astoria Park that was captured on video and posted online, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
Cops say the girls — a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and three 15-year-olds — were arrested on Friday and are facing riot, assault and gang assault charges. All five will be charged as juveniles, police said.
The fight, which broke out in the park on April 12, was recorded using a smartphone, and the video surfaced online last week.
The footage shows a group of teenagers pushing and shoving one another before one girl is dragged to the ground by her hair, where she is kicked and punched repeatedly by several other girls.
One victim suffered a broken nose, contusions and abrasions on her head and face, an NYPD spokeswoman said, while another had swelling and abrasions on her face.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who alerted cops to the video after someone sent him a link on Facebook, said the violence stemmed from a pre-arranged fight between a group of local high school girls and group of middle schoolers to "settle a previous altercation," but that it quickly evolved into an all-out riot.
"That’s no longer an afterschool fight. That’s a vicious mob beating," Vallone said on Friday.