POLICE caught up with a group of 19 young yobs responsible for violent muggings and damaging cars in Almeria city in the early hours of Halloween.
Police said they had detained five of the gang members, but the investigation remains open and more arrests could follow.
A member of the public called 091 after witnessing the teenagers’ attack on a youngster to try and steal anything of value he was carrying, reporting one of the aggressors was armed with a baseball bat.
Just minutes earlier the police had been alerted to a bunch of youths damaging several vehicles parked in Calle Granada.
Patrols tracked down the mob of 15 to 19-year olds in a city centre car-park. Witnesses and victims of the muggings, some of whom suffered injuries, identified five of them.
Stolen items were returned to their rightful owners.
Police said two of the detainees, J.M.R.L. and C.S.P, both 18, are being held in prison accused of robbery with violence and resisting arrest.
Police are looking into further reports of muggings with violence on the night, when they said the gang took advantage of the anonymity and confusion created by the Halloween costumes and the party atmosphere.