On Tuesday evening, police say Dayjia Blackwell, 21, allegedly used her social media platform to encourage people to loot several locations while engaging in criminal activities herself, according to the district attorney’s office.
Since being detained, she has posted bail and is due in court in October.
Blackwell was arrested on the 5600 block of Rising Sun Avenue after officers spotted her at a local gas station. She is one of 52 people taken into custody by police. Three juveniles were also detained.
“An additional six people were taken into custody following a second night of looting on Wednesday, for a total of 58 arrests so far,” according to a 6 ABC report, which added that “the chaos initially started around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after numerous 911 calls stated a large group, possibly as many as 100, moving through Center City Philadelphia.”
Lululemon, Foot Locker and an Apple store were also broken into.
“Six businesses in a single retail corridor of North Philadelphia were looted, including three pharmacies, a hair salon, a tax preparation company and a cellphone store, according to the North 22nd Street Business Corridor, a business group,” the report reads.
Video has since circulated on social media showing people in masks and hoodies breaking into stores and stealing merchandise. The crimes took place throughout downtown to northeast and west Philadelphia.