8 Juveniles Arrested in Fox Valley Mall Melee
Dec 27, 2016 12:39PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Eight juveniles ranging in age from 13 to 17 have been charged in connection with a large disturbance that began around 6:30 p.m. December 26 at the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.
Aurora Police were called by mall security after they observed a large group of teenagers gathering in the food court area. Several officers arrived on the scene and along with mall security, told the youths to leave the area.
A short time later a large fight broke out followed by several smaller altercations. While trying to break up the larger fight, an Aurora Police sergeant and a mall security employee were both hit. The disturbance quickly escalated as the crowd refused to obey police and security personnel orders with some of the teens throwing drinks and other items, police said.
With more than 1,000 shoppers in the common area and other shoppers throughout the mall, Aurora Police evacuated and closed the mall. The mall was closed for about one hour while police contained and controlled the situation.
Those charged include a 17-year-old girl with battery and resisting police; a 15-year-old girl charged with resisting police and disorderly conduct; two females, ages 13 and 15 and a 15-year- old boy charged with battery; and two 14-year-old males and a 16-year-old female charged with obstructing police.
All of the youths are Aurora residents except for the 15-year-old girl charged with resisting and disorderly conduct. She lives in North Aurora. All of the charges filed are misdemeanors; however, police are not ruling out felony charges. More arrests are also possible, police said.
No one involved in the altercations, including police and mall security, required immediate medical attention nor were there any injuries to mall patrons.
Aurora Police continue to investigate what role social media may have played in organizing the disturbance and what connection the disturbance may have to other similar incidents that were reported in several cities across the nation.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY AURORA POLICE