A group of disruptive teens left 19 arrested at the mall disburbance in Chicago, Ill. Saturday. Officers had to close down the Ford City Mall and two people were transported to the hospital. The Chicago Tribune shared the details on Feb. 25.
Reports indicate that the incident happened around 4:45 p.m., when a large group of teens were running and yelling through the mall. When police responded they found 100 to 200 people in the parking lot damaging vehicles, and the teens refused to cooperate with police. In the end 19 were arrested at the mall and police indicate all of those arrested were between the ages of 13 and 18.
The injured include a CTA bus driver and a “kid.” Both victims' injuries appear to have been minor. One teen is facing a charge of battery while another has been charged with criminal trespassing. The other 17 teens have been charged with mob action. All of the teens charged are facing misdemeanors.
Earlier in the afternoon the band Mindless Behavior appeared at the mall, and the mob incident happened about 45 minutes later. The Christian Science Monitor notes that mall general manager John Sarama says the band's appearance wasn't related to the incident that left 19 arrested at the mall.
There is said to have been no significant damage to the mall itself. The teens arrested are both male and female, and the teen facing the battery charge is said to be 16-years-old. It seems that teen assaulted a mall security guard who was working to evacuate the mall. The general manager of the mall said that “A group of older youths came into the mall with the intent of causing havoc and chaos.” The Ford City Mall reopened Sunday as usual after the chaos that left 19 arrested at the mall.