3 teens arrested after incident at Arizona Mills

Police officers at the Arizona Mills Mall food court in Tempe Dec. 26 2016

Police officers at the Arizona Mills Mall food court in Tempe Dec. 26 2016

There were no injuries reported, however police say one of the teens attempted to punch a uniform officer. "They were trying to keep them out of the mall, they just ran through", he explained.

Three teenagers were arrested after a series of incidents at Arizona Mills Mall that led to reports of a shooting there.

Mall security unsuccessfully tried to prevent the teens from entering the location, formerly the Franklin Mills Mall. This is the second time that a group of juveniles caused a disturbance at the same Philadelphia mall, according to the Inquirer. The suspect allegedly threw a pretzel at one security guard, and became aggressive with a police officer. Police say the fight may have been a flash mob incident but continue to investigate.

Those who were arrested face charges of disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, but authorities aren't ruling out the possibility of felony counts of inciting a riot. More officers arrived to help.

When Sgt. Chris Amsler, spokesman for the Aurora Police Department, was asked by reporters if he thought that the mall fights breaking out across the country were related, the Washington Post reports he couldn't give a definitive answer. Five juveniles were arrested, but police believe as many as 500 people were involved. She is charged with aggravated assault and on an officer and trespassing.

Police said the 17 year old came up behind the officer, grabbed his left arm and pulled him backwards in an attempt to free the 14 year old.

While it took some time to sort everything out, police were able to say definitively that no shots had been fired within a relatively short time after the scanner calls went out.

Fights were reported across the country, with instances at malls in Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Connecticut and NY on Monday.

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