Detailed and increasingly troubling information has been reported in regards to a violent attack in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia earlier this month. Mark LaVelle came across two fearful white teens near his home on Sept. 9 who were being chased by a mob of black and Hispanic youths. The well-known sports-league organizer and coach allowed the boys to hide inside his house and went outside to try and calm the angry mob, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.
The mob was reportedly armed with bats and pipes, and in search of white teens who allegedly attacked a black kid in a nearby playground hours earlier. LaVelle said the two kids he took in appeared to be 13 or 14.
The Daily News has more:
" 'We got you, you white mother-------!' " LaVelle said he heard someone yell in the "mob" of black and Hispanic youths.
"They were standing on his steps. One shouted, 'Something's going to happen now!' LaVelle recalled in an interview Friday at his house. LaVelle got nervous and went back inside, locking his door with a deadbolt.
But the attackers pounded on his front windows and kicked his wooden door so hard, it flew open and some of them entered his house.
'The first guy hits me with a pipe. The second guy knocks me in the face. All I'm hearing is my wife and kids screaming,' said LaVelle, who feared that the next time they saw him, he would be in a casket."
LaVelle said as he was pushing the attackers out the door, one man extend his arm with gun. LaVelle grabbed onto the gunman's lower arm as police sirens rang out and the mob turned and scattered.
The violent attack on the LaVelle home took place all the while LaVelle's wife, 11 and 17-year-old sons, 7-year-old nephew, and 13-month old twin boys locked themselves upstairs. ABC 6 coverage of the violent affair:
LaVelle was able to identify three members of the mob who have been arrested, including the man who hit him with the pipe. LaVelle told the Philadelphia Daily News that the mother of one of the men identified came to his door the next day threatening and screaming at LaVelle:
"LaVelle said, the mother yelled at him, 'You white mother------, you got my kid locked up! You got my son locked up because he's black, you're white!' The mother claimed that her son had been "a witness," not an attacker. To that, LaVelle said if that were true, it would come out in court.
But the mother, according to LaVelle, then yelled: 'If you make it to court! I know where you live!' "
The two adults arrested face charges of aggravated assault conspiracy, burglary, weapons and related offenses. The third attacker arrested was a minor.
ABC 6 reports raising tensions and violence in the area have troubled community leaders. An emergency meeting was held Sept.14 with police and officials from the Human Relations Commission along with community leaders and State Representative John Taylor.
"It's something that none of us can take lightly, I think the community leaders are not taking it lightly and certainly the residents aren't," Taylor told ABC 6.