Hundreds of teens cause disturbance of the New Jersey mall, 5 arrested

Cherry Hill Mall, where a large group of teenagers caused a disturbance this week, is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.


The police in New Jersey five arrests after a group of about 1,000 unaccompanied young people caused a disturbance in the Cherry Hill Mall on Tuesday.

Around 7:30 pm officers responded to a report of a large group of young people who act disorderly in the vicinity of the south Jersey shopping center J. C. Penney wing.

While the officers were dispersing the crowd, five juveniles – four from Camden and one from Cherry Hill – were arrested on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to resisting arrest, according to the New York Daily News.

There were no reports of injuries or property damage.

Shoppers said it was a chaotic scene at the shopping center.

“I was scared, but only because there’s so many and they were without supervision,” Daija Qualis told Action News. “It looked like a hostile situation.”

Another shopper, Tyler Johnson, said: “They were to knock on the doors, kicking in the doors. The children outnumbered the adults 10 to two. It was bad.”

CBC reported that Cherry Hill police chief William Monaghan warned parents last week about the potential for problems with teenagers who do not have much to occupy their time in the winter.

A spokeswoman for the mall, which has 1.3 million square feet of retail space and is not far from Philadelphia, released the following statement to Eyewitness News:

“The security and safety of shoppers, retailers and employees are always top priority. The day after Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year in the mall. We work together with the CHPD to help ensure a safe and secure shopping environment. We thank the police and our security partners for their assistance and commitment to ensure the comfort and safety of the mall.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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