UPDATE: 2 Arrested in White Marsh Mall Food Court Fight

Several police officers and a helicopter unit responded to the Friday night mall fight.

UPDATE (March 19)—More information is available in the article, .


UPDATE (March 17)—Police made two arrests following a fight in Friday night.

Shortly after 9:15 p.m. on March 16, several police officers and a helicopter unit responded to a reported fight in the food court of the mall at 8200 Perry Hall Boulevard, according to Cpl. John Wachter, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

Police arrested two people involved in the fight, Wachter said, adding that no one was seriously injured.

Further information about the suspects will likely not be released until Monday, he said.

Do you shop at White Marsh Mall? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Heather Patti March 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I find it ironic that people who go to the mall feel comfortable enough acting this way when they know the police station is directly across the street from the mall! Maybe they don't know it's there.... District 9 is very inconspicuous. Either way, I feel that any crimes committed at the mall are a slap in the face of District 9... the mall is literally in their "front yard."
M. N. March 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
A helicopter? Really? The police station is right across the street. Ever since The Golden Ring Mall closed and was leveled White Marsh Mall has been going downhill... Just an observation.
Greg Redmer March 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The police aren't in the station unless they are busy there with something else. The responding officers are coming from adjacent posts.
Parkvillehoney March 19, 2012 at 01:19 AM
As a regular shopper at White Marsh mall, I will never shop on Friday or Saturday. The level of teens and young adults talking loud profanity, pushing one another, walking in large groups that you have no room to walk are disturbing. I guess the owners of the mall can't control these so called "shoppers." These young people are using the mall for a hang out spot but making the real shoppers experience a nightmare.
Jack March 19, 2012 at 05:14 AM
2 more people were arrested on Saturday night for robbery and assault
Immanuel Baptist Church March 19, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I was there Friday in the early evening and was rushing to finish before the teenagers started coming in - which is ridiculous that a customer would have to do that. Don't get me wrong - I love teenagers, but the ones that come into the mall on Friday night, in droves, turn the mall into something competely different than the "normal" atmosphere. I refuse to go there on Friday night. I DON'T feel this is a slap in the face of the police at all, but the mall management should do something. I wonder how much money these kids spend there versus the money they lose from people who refuse to go there on Friday night.
M March 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
What they failed to mention is that the police officer severely beat up a 14 year old kid. Handcuffed him and still continued to slam and beat him up.
Tim March 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
by who? rent-a-cops are largely incompetent (there are a couple of companies who aren't bad), and couldn't chase a kid down if they wanted to. Maybe if you gave them a segway. Maybe.
ParkvilleMomof2 March 19, 2012 at 04:12 PM
As the parent of two teenagers that hang out at the mall, I know for a fact that what they are doing is no different than what my generation did when the mall first opened. Also many of those kids do spend quite a bit of money in the stores. Malls have always been a hang out spot for kids. As far as it going down hill since Golden Ring Mall closed, I would not have been caught at GR Mall on a Friday or Saturday night as a teenager, since the violence was so high there, even 20 years ago.
D March 19, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I doubt seriously that any police officer "beat up" a 14 year old. With technology today it would of been all over the news. I they should look at how much business is actually done at the stores between 7pm and 9pm. It might be worth it to close at 7pm with the Anchor stores having the option to remain open since they have outside doors.
K March 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Agreed! Maybe the Parents of these thug wannabes should teach their children how to behave when they are away from Mommy and Daddy. So tired of the focus being directed away from the antics of the youth and towards law enforcement. If Parents would do a better job, than the police would not be faced with having to Parent. As for the Mall, it is not meant to be a babysitter for peoples kids on the weekend. There is seriously nothing to do there but walk in circles and look for trouble. I am sure that some spend money, mostly a marginal amount though. I too do not go there on a weekend night.
Jim Arrington March 19, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Again about this mall, it is ill manned with old guys, females, and a few look at me's, you need real secuirty and police to man this center inside and out and to control the teens who have taken over the mall. It is truely sickening that these few punks can intimidate so many. need a curfew inside nd a lot of police presence. I do not feel safe in this mall and as a cop Im always armed.
Barbara Schmidt-Oconis March 19, 2012 at 06:09 PM
That kid was my son and there was no fight! My daughter works for the pizza place in the food court and my son waits for her until I pick them up. He has been doing this for quite some time now and there has never been a problem! The security guard was an off duty north point police officer that when my son said he needed to wait for his sister got annoyed and out of control! He threw my son while handcuffed into tables and chairs and a man that was trying to intervene for my son was the other arrested person! They are trying to charge my 14 year old son with assaulting a police officer! Truly CRAZY! Anyone with video or witnessing this event I would appreciate your help. We are filing a complaint against this officer!
Emily Kimball (Editor) March 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Check out our story update and information about Saturday's robbery here on Patch: http://patch.com/A-rGDk - 6 Arrested in White Marsh Mall Robbery, Fight
joe March 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Typical parent..coming and saying that their child is an angel and they didn't do anything to deserve it.
RossvilleLocal April 10, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Sad but true. I do not go to the mall on Friday evening or Saturday evening. The environment is a gathering place for youths with no shopping plans but to meet and hang out. I complained about seeing underwear hanging out. The mall authorities are clueless to do anything and avoid the crowds themselves and/or look the other way. Oh and the security response to me was don't come to the mall on weekends. So sad. I'll spend my millions elsewhere.
RossvilleLocal April 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Problems at GR weren't just inside, exiting on the parking lot was taking your life in your hands. GR issues weren't so much teen related as petty criminals preying on suburbanites. I've been approached in the Walmart shopping center there by crack addicts begging for money during the day now. Avoid it.
Jim Arrington April 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Ok M. your a liar.
Jim Arrington April 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I wrote an article back in March on the problems with teens and young adults at this mall, apparently the Mall director and Security Chief don't care about how these young folks intimidate and harrass the public shopping. If you don't wake up people you will have another old Golden Ring Mall which is long gone. WAKE UP.
T May 16, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Hanging @ the mall twenty years ago never. If your 14 yr old was asked to vacate the food court by an authorities figure and he disobeyed orders, then yes he should've been arrested. I am sure he had a cellphone to call you for an early pick up. Oh wait your were caught up in something else while the boy was running wildly at the mall. Sign your youth in extra curriculum activities or plan weekend adventures for them. The mall isn't the answer moms.
Emily Kimball (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
UPDATE (Oct. 18, 3:49 p.m.)—The mother of one of the teenagers who was charged in an incident on March 16 contacted Patch after her son appeared in court on Oct. 18. "My son never touched that officer. He never fought with that officer. That officer beat the crap out of our son. We waited for our day in court, and he was cleared from all charges," the mother said. "Any charges placed against this 14-year-old Middle River boy were proven false. My son was acquitted of every charge. Thank God we had tons of witnesses who saw what really happened. I'm just glad that the truth has come out. This officer threw my son. He was in crutches for three days and his glasses were broken." Patch has not identified the mother because the accused was a minor.


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