19 teens were arrested at a mall in Chicago on Saturday. On Feb. 24, ABC News reported that a disturbance at the Ford City Mall left two people with minor injuries. Police arrested 19 kids ranging in age from 13 to 18 -- some male and some female.
"Police say a large group of teens started causing chaos inside the mall. The disturbance continued in the parking lot, where some teens climbed on top of cars. Most are charged with misdemeanor mob action. A 16-year-old is charged with battery of a mall security guard who was trying to evacuate the mall," ABC News reported.
The 19 arrested at the mall may have been there watching the boy band "Mindless Behavior" but the disturbance was not related to the show according to senior general manager John Sarama. Details of exactly what caused the kids to get rowdy is unclear. It is unknown whether or not the teens had been drinking or using drugs or if they just got out of hand because of an argument... or something else.
It is unknown if the police gave the teens a warning or asked them to leave before making the 19 arrests in the mall parking lot. Other reports claim that the teens caused security to shut down the mall, likely for the protection of shoppers and other visitors.
Of the 19 arrested at the mall, only one may have to go to court.
© Effie Orfanides 2013