UPDATE (March 19, 3:38 p.m.)—A robbery in the White Marsh Mall parking lot on Saturday and on Friday led to several arrests, police said.
Mall management called the incidents "rare and isolated," and emphasized the mall's public safety program.
At about 10 p.m. on March 17, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, both from Middle River, were robbed and assaulted in the mall parking lot along the 8200 block of Perry Hall Boulevard, according to a police report.
A group of male teens approached the boys, punched one of them, and stole an iPod and cell phone from them, the police report showed.
Based on witness accounts and video surveillance footage, police arrested and charged a male 14-year-old Parkville resident at the 7-Eleven, adjacent to the mall, shortly after the robbery. Police later arrested and charged a male 16-year-old and a male 14-year-old near their Parkville homes, according to the police report.
Officers also arrested Windsor Thaddeus Jones, 18, of the 8700 block of Melissa Lilian Court in Perry Hall and charged him with robbery, second-degree assault and theft less than $1,000, court records showed. Similar charges were brought against each of the juveniles involved in the incident, police said.
Officers responded to the mall the previous night, as well.
Shortly after 9:15 p.m. on March 16, several police officers and a helicopter unit responded to a of the mall, .
A male 15-year-old Middle River resident began cursing at a police officer after he was asked to leave the mall. The boy pushed and struck the officer and was arrested, according to of the .
A "hostile crowd" of between 50 and 100 people gathered around the officer, Balog said.
David Reed, 33, of the unit block of Lawrence Road in Dundalk was arrested after intervening in the melee. He was charged with resisting and interfering with an arrest and disorderly conduct, court records showed.
The 15-year-old suspect was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and was released to his mother, police said.
Regarding the recent mall incidents, Balog said officers are "working with security to ensure adequate presence inside and outside the mall."
Lisa Bisenius, White Marsh Mall general manager, released the following statement to Patch on Monday afternoon:
The safety and well-being of our shoppers are our top priorities every day, not just when incidents occur. We have a customized public safety program made up of various measures that include a trained public safety team in addition to several off-duty policemen. We do not discuss the other measures because doing so would compromise our efforts. We also have a code of conduct that we expect everyone to abide by when they come to White Marsh Mall. Our code of conduct ensures every shopper has an enjoyable shopping experience.
Because of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our shoppers, the incidents that occurred over the weekend were rare and isolated ones that were quickly handled by our security team and police officers.
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