From a friend: This same kind of thing happens in Columbus/Central Ohio, where a group of Somali punks follow and surround usually a lone white student walking or a female, intimidating/attacking. I know me and one of my friends stopped at a drive thru/carry out to get something to drink one summer and a lone in early 20’s or so white female ran over to us frantically asking for help, telling us that she had been followed for about a mile or so while she was walking. Of course we told her to jump in the car when we saw them approaching,Meanwhile while we where leaving the parking lot said group of somali punks, walked by staring us all down. To say the least my my friend, slammed on breaks acting like he grabbed something from backseat and said bring it on if you want some. Needless to say they walked away. We took this girl to her house or near by and made sure she was alright. This kind of thing happens all the time in town, and do you think anyone hears of it. Heavens No, it’s disgusting. They have attacked School Bus Drivers, Security breaking his arm or leg when bus driver called in for help.
LEWISTON — In the early evening on the first day of summer, a large group of Somali boys approached a woman on the corner of Ash and Pierce streets. According to police reports, they intimidated the woman and slapped her in the back of the head before scattering into the downtown.
Five days later, shortly after midnight, a man was accosted by a group of Somali boys outside the Big Apple on Main Street. Police reports say several members of the group punched the man and took money from him. They then fled in a car.
Later that night, a woman in her late 60s was beaten by a group of Somali boys and relieved of cash while walking in Kennedy Park.
Five nights later, another man was jumped by a group of similar description. He resisted the gang and was beaten badly. He required surgery.
Throughout the summer, similar reports have come into the Police Department. Witnesses and investigators say swarms of Somali boys, some as young as 8, others in their late teens, overwhelm solitary victims through sheer numbers.
"It's not gang activity in the traditional sense," Deputy Chief James Minkowsky said. "We're not seeing the colors or the monikers, but it's still a gang mentality."
Often, these gang members carry sticks and rocks with which to intimidate their victims. There are often four or five of them, sometimes as many as a dozen. Typically, they threaten or beat their victims until they give up the goods: money, bicycles, cell phones, prescription drugs, or other items of value.
Then they scatter.
"By the time the call gets to us, the group has dispersed," Minkowsky said.