Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 27, 2013
Hundreds of rowdy teenagers became involved in a wild flash mob fight so large that it resulted in a busy New York City shopping mall being forced to close its doors on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
According to the New York Post, more than 400 teens “grabbed and smashed jars of candy, stole cheap items such as baby balloons and beat up security guards” at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin Thursday night. There was also a violent game of “Knockout” on the mall’s upper level; it is believed one of the teens involved in the game was armed.
The New York Daily News reported that the fight started between six teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of another one of the girls that also featured a derogatory phrase about the girl.
Several posts on social media claimed that the teens vowed to put the mall “on tilt” – i.e. raid it.
“Kings Plaza was on tilt today,” RayRay Sextana wrote on Facebook, according to the Post.
Added fellow teenager Mark Wallace on Twitter: “Sh-t was crazy at Kings Plaza. So the security started shutting down the mall and kicking all teens out but it was so much of us they couldn’t get control.”
The entire melee left store clerks and shoppers alike terrified. Many stores closed their doors early, and the entire mall closed for roughly an hour around 7 p.m. eastern as a result of the fight.
“I’ve been here seven years and I have never seen anything like this before — I’m so scared. I know they will come back,” Abu Tabel, a clerk at Candy Plaza 2, told the Post. “I was begging them to stop. There were a lot of kids hundreds of kids… [Security] would chase them out one door and they would come back in another door.”
Police sources told the Post that they are unaware what prompted the craziness but that some of the teens incorrectly believed rapper Fabolous would be performing at the mall that evening.
One person was allegedly taken into custody, however no arrests have been confirmed as of press time. There were also no reports of damage to the mall or stolen goods as a result of the flash mob. CBS New York reported that the mall’s management agency has also instituted a new policy effective immediately that all minors must be accompanied by an adult while shopping in the mall.
Watch the fight below.