Chicago Mall Mob: 19 teens arrested for causing violent disturbance, officials say

Cell phone video captures a disturbance that broke out at a Chicago mall on Feb. 23, 2013 that left 2 people injured and 19 teens arrested
CBS Chicago

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - Police arrested 19 teenagers Saturday after a violent disturbance at a Chicago shopping mall left two people injured. Officials said the incident wasn't related to an appearance by the boy band Mindless Behavior, which ended about 45 minutes earlier.

Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said the teens arrested were males and females ranging between 13 to 18 years old. Most were charged with misdemeanor mob action. A 16-year-old was charged with battery of a mall security guard who was trying to evacuate the mall.

Ford City Mall senior general manager John Sarama said the disturbance was "totally unrelated" to the Mindless Behavior event where the boy band signed autographs for fans. He said the "family event" was attended by about 1,000 people, mostly mothers and girls, CBS Chicago reports.

Police said 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.

The Chicago Fire Department said two people, an adult bus driver and a juvenile, were transported to nearby hospitals and are in good condition, CBS Chicago reports.


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