Monday, July 15, 2024

Rowdy group of 200 teenagers prompts closure of LA-area mall

Teens cause chaos at California mall, prompting shutdown and arrests

A swarm of 200 teenagers caused chaos at a California mall over the weekend, prompting a shutdown of the popular shopping center. The incident, which involved setting fires and igniting illegal fireworks, took place at the SouthBay Pavilion Mall in Carson, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were quick to respond to the “large scale disturbance,” ordering the unruly group to disperse. When a significant number of teens refused to comply, officers detained 60 to 70 individuals. The sheriff’s department stated that multiple juveniles were issued citations related to the incident and will have to appear in court at a later date.

Videos from local news stations captured the scene, showing handcuffed teens being lined up in the parking lot as law enforcement worked to clear the area. It took officials approximately five hours to resolve the situation and process the citations for the detained minors.

While no thefts or injuries were reported, authorities condemned the disruptive behavior for its impact on businesses and shoppers in the area. The sheriff’s office emphasized that criminal activity of this nature would not be tolerated and assured the public that the incident is still under investigation. They are committed to holding those responsible for organizing the gathering accountable for their actions.

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