Mall Brawls: Teens Force Multiple Shopping Centers Across Country To Close Early
Over the weekend, beginning the day after Christmas, random malls turned into the meeting grounds for teens to gather and fight. In Chicago Friday night, multiple fights between dozens of teens at Winter Wonderfest led to the pier being temporarily closed and the arrests of five people Friday night at Navy Pier. As a result anyone attending Winter Wonderfest, under 18 years old will have to be accompanied by a legal guardian, who must show an ID to get in.
The mayhem continued on Saturday at Chicago Ridge Mall, which shut down early after a fight broke out involving a large group of teenagers. The incident took place around 6 p.m. near the food court.
The mall was “jam-packed” with people at the time and was set to close at 9 p.m., so management made the decision to close early, the mayor said Saturday.
Other cities that were targeted for the brawls include:
- Cheekatowa, NY- Walden Galleria
- “About 10” teens, apparently associated with two rival groups, squared off and began fighting near a second-level food court, which is also near the mall’s movie theaters.
- Pittsburgh, PA- Monroeville Mall
- A massive brawl involving up to 1000 teenagers broke out in a mall in Pennsylvania forcing stores into lockdown with customers barricaded inside.
- Beachwood, OH- Beachwood Place Mall
- A fight among teenage girls at Beachwood Place mall the day after Christmas ended in one arrest.
- Sacramento, CA- Arden Fair
- Twenty or more people were involved in the fights in the mall crowded with after-Christmas shoppers.
- Independence, MO- Independence Center
- Hundreds of juveniles started fighting among themselves at the mall. Police from Independence, Blue Springs and Kansas City, Mo., were called in and the teens dispersed.
- Nashville, TN- Opry Mills Malls
- Police were called out to the Opry Mills Mall after reports of a large disturbance. Witnesses said several dozen teenagers were fighting. There were eyewitness reports of one or more incidents involving around 150 people. It apparently began Saturday evening near the food court and spilled out into the parking lot.