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Police staff up after last weekend’s Inner Harbor crowd, assaults

Posted at 5:35 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 09:19:31-04

BALTIMORE — Whether you're from Westminster or Millersville, the Inner Harbor is the state's jewel, but last weekend it was overrun by raucous teens — hundreds of them running throughout the harbor and downtown streets.

According to video compiled from Baltimore Police body worn and Citi Watch cameras, some of those teens committed random assaults on innocent people.

RELATED: City Police release video of Inner Harbor weekend incident that led to arrest of six juveniles

Police also confirm a separate assault outside nearby Sullivan’s Steak House last Friday night when a couple walking back to their car got surrounded by six to eight suspects and attacked without a word.

The woman was beaten so badly according to the police report, she fell unconscious and suffered a “severely injured left eye.”

ALSO RELATED: Woman's eye severely injured in "unprovoked" attack in Inner Harbor

“We will have officers there to protect everyone that comes down to the harbor,” said Baltimore Police Col. Rich Worley.

Worley says police have adjusted since last weekend and will post more officers and have other resources ready if needed.

Last weekend's crowd he said was organized through social media and consisted of two different groups; hundreds of teens at once was a challenge police say, more so when crimes were being committed.

“We welcome everybody, but if you misbehave or you break the law, then we have to intervene and take care of the situation,” the Chief of Patrol said.

Mayor Jack Young says what he saw on the video will not be tolerated.

“We want our young people to come to the harbor; it belongs to them as well. We want them to come down there and act like they have good sense, not coming down there to create a lot of havoc," said Mayor Young.

But the mayor urges people to not to be intimidated and enjoy downtown Baltimore.

“Don’t let one of two incidents stop you from coming downtown,” the mayor said, “Downtown is one of the safest places in the city of Baltimore. Anywhere you go, in any city where there is a large congregation of young people, things like that happen...but our harbor and our city, especially downtown, is safe.”

Meanwhile, police say they have made six arrests from last weekend's incident.

Detectives continue to look at the video to see if they can identify more suspects.

In the brutal attack on the couple outside the steakhouse Friday night on Light Street, Col Worley says they are trying to enhance video from the nearby Hyatt to see if that can help identify those attackers.