Flash mob hits Portland store

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police say a clerk was assaulted by members of a "flash mob" at a southeast Portland convenience store.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers were told that 15-to-20 young people chased a man and woman into the store late Friday. As the woman asked a clerk to call 9-1-1, the mob stole food, candy and alcohol.

The clerk tried to capture one of the suspects and was hit several times. The worker did not need medical attention.

Simpson says some of the young people later returned to the store, but fled when another employee deployed pepper spray.

Officers have obtained store surveillance video in an attempt to identify suspects.

Similar flash mob thefts were reported at Nordstrom and a gas station in recent weeks.