AURORA, Colorado. – Police evacuated a suburban Denver mall on Monday after an arrest led to hundreds of young people converging on the site, with several fights broke out, authorities said.
No one was seriously injured but five boy was arrested during the disturbance in the Centre of the City in Aurora, police spokesman Sgt. Chris Amsler said.
The problems began during the arrest of a person suspected of fighting and a wild crowd around the scene, the Aurora officer said.
“As the officer was attempting to escort the arrestee to the Aurora Police Substation in the center of the city, the crowd continued to advance on the officer and a number of other fights broke out,” he said.
The police said that they suspect that messages on social media attracted more people to the site.
“The crowd grew in size to about 500 people (mostly young animals),” Amsler said.
Authorities shut down the mall as dozens of police came on the scene and worked to restore order.
Amsler said fighting continued as the crowd moved to the parking area.
The charges against the five people arrested included disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest.
The disturbance was one of several in shopping malls throughout the country that disrupted post-Christmas shopping.
AP writers Michelle Monroe and Bob Seavey in Phoenix contributed to this report.