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Baltimore County leaders have message for unruly teens at Towson Town Center: 'Unacceptable'

Baltimore County Executive has message for teens, parents after chaos at Towson mall
Baltimore County Executive has message for teens, parents after chaos at Towson mall 02:02

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has a message for a crowd of unruly minors at Towson Town Center over the weekend.

"It's unfortunate, it's inappropriate and unacceptable behavior," Olszewski said. 

Three teenage girls were arrested on Saturday night after a series of incidents inside Towson's mall. 

Officers responded around 6 p.m. and arrested a teen after a reported destruction of property.

As closing time approached, officers received calls on teens "fighting, congregating and being disorderly," police said.  

A video circulated on social media showing what appeared to be dozens of teens running through Macy's and other parts of the mall.

A 13 year-old-girl was charged with disorderly conduct. Another 13-year-old girl was charged with trespassing, and a 15-year-old girl was charged with malicious destruction of property.   

Around 11:17 p.m., police received a report of a personal robbery that happened earlier in the evening near York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.  Officers are investigating and aren't certain if it is related to calls at the mall.

"Our message is to everyone, adults and children, you are welcome here, but we have expectations of appropriate behavior," Olszewski said.  

Sunday wasn't the first time chaos has broken out at Towson Town Center.

The mall ramped up its police presence in January 2023, after police responded to a "large and unruly" crowd of minors near the Towson mall. Eight arrests were made that night, seven of them were minors. 

Following the incident, Baltimore County Police began enforcing a curfew, requiring parental supervision for those 17 and under after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

"We continue to work with the Towson Chamber of Commerce and Mall management, along with other stakeholders in Towson, to make sure that we monitor the situation in Towson as it relates to juveniles and these meet-ups that they conduct," Baltimore County Police Chief Robert McCullough said. 

Baltimore County's police chief is asking parents to monitor their children, to know where they are going, and who they are with, so they can protect their children from unwanted or violent situations.

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