In Japan, hoodlums are known as chinpira, which refers to both low-level members of the yakuza as well as typical street punks.
Shin Megami Tensei
"Origin: Tokyo. A punk that has left the Yakuza path. A Yakuza's subordinate. Like the Yakuza, he has been possessed by a demon, but is weak."
—Shin Megami Tensei A-Mode DDS Dictionary
Thugs are the weakest demons in the Foul race and are ones of the first demons the protagonist will encounter in the game.
Megami Ibunroku Persona
Hoodlums start appearing after leaving Mikage Hospital, in Mikage-cho and rarely inside the Mikage Police Station. If they are in the back row during combat, they will often use Self Destruct rather than move up to the front row.