More than 500 teens involved in Beachwood Place disturbance
03 January, 2017, 12:04 | Author: Lorena Waters
All of the teens are from Aurora, except the 15-year-old girl charged with resisting police and disorderly conduct.
Beachwood, Ohio, police announced earlier this morning that the fighting was "loosely organized on social media".
Aurora police spokesman Sgt. Chris Amsler says no one was seriously injured Monday, but five juveniles were arrested during the disturbance at the Town Center at Aurora.
Aurora police were called by mall security after they saw a large group of teens gathering in the food court area, according to Ferrelli.
Mall goers captured the chaotic moments on their cellphones and posted photos and videos to social media as terrified shoppers went scrambling for the exits.
"We definitely draw those similarities", said McClanahan. "This is not a coincidence that on this day you have all of these similar events happening across the country involving a certain age demographic". He said more arrests are possible.
Law enforcement officials have not uncovered any evidence that the incidents - which occurred at malls in at least 12 states within hours of each other - were nationally coordinated. He said there were no gunshots heard and no weapons seen. People in the original fight fled the mall and other fights broke out around the mall, he said.
Fort Worth Police told ABC News they are investigating whether the disturbance was linked to social media postings. We will update this article as soon as we can confirm more information.
The Aurora police department said this morning that they were called in to assist with "an unruly crowd in the common area", followed by a fight in the food court and "several other smaller altercations". Police arrived and called on the teens to disperse.
Amsler says as the suspect was being taking into custody, the crowd advanced on the officer and fights broke out.
Police later described it as "multiple skirmishes inside of the mall".
Two officers were battered trying to break up the fights, and 75 officers were dispatched to the mall to restore order. "The motive behind the disturbance is not yet known". He said crews evacuated the mall.
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