BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore County officers arrested six minors on Saturday after they allegedly assaulted a security guard and injured two officers in downtown Towson, authorities said Sunday.
County police responded to multiple reports of groups of minors causing a row at the mall on Saturday night.
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When officers arrived, they found a large group of minors inside the mall, police said.
“While this group was dispersed, two of our officers were pepper sprayed, a security guard was assaulted,” Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman Joy Stewart said Sunday during a briefing. a press conference.
Officers arrested the six minors and brought a variety of charges against them ranging from disorderly conduct to assault, Stewart said.
— Baltimore County Police Department (@BaltCoPolice) February 20, 2022
Several officers remained at the mall to ensure the crowd dispersed safely. The increased police presence has created some traffic congestion, police say.
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Stewart said investigators are investigating whether the security guard and officers were intentionally targeted given that “they were the ones pepper sprayed.”
It’s also possible the miners intended to target someone else and sprayed officers amid the hubbub, she said.
“We are working closely with mall management to see if there was anything that could have been planned at the mall that would attract such a large group of minors,” Steward said.
Towson resident Louisa Dugan-Rothenstein said acts of violence appear to be more common as the population increases in Towson.
“It never felt threatening being in Towson and so it’s kind of sad,” she said.
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County Executive Johnny Olszewski released a statement Sunday morning, noting that he expects young people in Baltimore County to “behave appropriately.” He said he was “working closely with the police department and downtown Towson management to understand what happened last night and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
We expect everyone, including our youth, to behave appropriately in our communities. I’m working closely with the police department and downtown Towson management to understand what happened last night and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
— County Executive Johnny Olszewski (@BaltCoExec) February 20, 2022
Lindsay Kahn, spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, which leases retail space at Towson Town Center, told WJZ it has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.
She noted that Brookfield Properties implemented a parental supervision requirement following disturbances from juveniles in 2016 in an effort to reduce these types of disturbances.
Kahn declined to say whether additional security guards would be assigned to the mall.