19 Arrested at Mall in Chicago: Nineteen teens were arrested after a disturbance at the Ford City Mall in the Southwest Side of Chicago, which left the mall closed down for a day.
Nineteen teenagers were arrested following a melee at a Chicago mall, leaving two injured, it was reported this weekend. The mall was also closed down for the remainder of the day.
The incident took place on Saturday at the Ford City Mall on the Southwest Side and involved dozens of teens, who were running and yelling through the mall, authorities told the Chicago Tribune.
The mall was closed down just a few minutes later, but outside, some 100 to 200 people were damaging vehicles in the parking lot, police said. A Chicago bus driver was injured and was taken to the hospital, while a “kid” was hurt, Chicago Fire Department Chief Joe Roccasalva told the paper.
The teens who were arrested were between the ages of 13 and 18, police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak told The Associated Press. The majority face a misdemeanor mob action charge, but a 16-year-old was charged with beating a security guard trying to flee the mall.
While outside, some of the teens climbed on top of the cars after the mall was closed down.
Mall authorities told AP that the disturbance was not related to an appearance by hip hop boy band Mindless Behavior around 45 minutes earlier. Chicago’s WGN-TV reported that around 1,000 teens showed up with their parents to get autographs from the group.
After the band left, “a group of older youths came into the mall with the intent of causing havoc and chaos and were running through the mall, screaming, yelling and so forth,” mall manager John Sarama told the Tribune.
“Ford City is a family-oriented mall,” Sarama stressed. “We have not had an incident like this [in the past], and I’m still in a little bit of a state of shock actually.”
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