10 Busted in Mall of America Brouhaha
10 teens arrested as melee breaks out
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2011 9:57 AM CST
In this Oct. 27, 2010 photo, the Mall of America is shown in Bloomington, Minn.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Retailers were hoping for a big day yesterday, but Minnesota's Mall of America might have preferred something smaller than a mob of hundreds of kids who wreaked havoc. At least 200 teens were involved in an hour-long melee that had shoppers scrambling and stores closing, some for the remainder of the evening, reports the Star-Tribune. Smaller fights broke out in the hours that followed, and Bloomington police arrested at least 10 teens.

The chaos began about 4:20pm, when a fight broke out among a large group in a food court. The unrest quickly spread through the mall, prompting mall security at one point to briefly call for a lockdown. "It looked like they were trying to pull people's stuff out of their bags," said one teen. Said a mom: One teen boy "was beaten to the ground. Lots of punches were thrown. We were held in the stock room for about 10 minutes."
 

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |  
14%
17%
3%
51%
2%
13%