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More officers to patrol Raleigh mall

Posted July 29, 2008

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— Raleigh police will increase their presence at a local mall where hundreds of people were involved in a weekend melee, officials said Tuesday.

A brawl began Saturday evening inside Triangle Town Center and involved as many as 300 people, police said. A 15-year-old was stabbed, and a police officer injured his leg in the incident, but neither injury was considered serious.

Police have called the incident gang-related, saying officers saw gang signs being flashed by individuals involved in the initial fights that sparked the melee.

Seven people were charged with inciting a riot and other offenses in the incident, which forced an evacuation of the mall and had stores closing early.

Mall spokeswoman Jennifer Jones said Tuesday that the mall is working closely with the Raleigh Police Department to improve security. Extra police will begin patrolling the mall this weekend until the mall managers can put other measures in place, she said, declining to provide details about the mall's long-term security plans.

Raleigh's other major mall, Crabtree Valley Mall, has been on high alert since the melee, officials there said.

Crabtree Valley has its own police force with arrest powers, but officials said they were reviewing their security measures to see if any upgrades are needed.

"We've never had an incident of that type here," said Officer Thomas Verrault, who has patrolled the mall for two years.

Crabtree Valley doesn't have a curfew for teens, but it does enforce a conduct policy that prohibits loitering and disorderly conduct. Verrault said  the policy is one reason Crabtree Valley hasn't had issues with violence.

The mall also uses high-resolution cameras to scan the crowds of shoppers for potential trouble, he said.

"We've got the area under 24-hour video surveillance, which is constantly being recorded," he said. "The biggest challenge is just the sheer volume of people we have passing in and out of our jurisdiction on a daily basis."

Shoppers said they appreciate the security, but some had a sense of unease after the weekend melee at the other mall.

"When you see something like that happen, you say, 'It could happen here,'" shopper Earl Mills said.

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  • caniacfan Jul 30, 2008

    I agree with BE. This should be the responsibility of the Mall to provide some form of security whether that be off duty officers or some other security. RPD should not be providing security there free of charge. Sets a very, very bad precedent. This will also allow the Mall to drag their feet as long as RPD is taking care of them.

  • ifcdirector Jul 30, 2008

    Malls will go the way of the dinosaurs.

  • uncfan82 Jul 30, 2008

    If more security is needed in the area, then it should be done.

  • rushbot Jul 30, 2008

    I was at the Cary mall today, and it looked like Cary will be the new host!

  • SEOpro Jul 30, 2008

    Oh....more cops. That means more taxpayer dollars for suits to stand around and do nothing while civil unrest builds.

    They can't do anything until sommething "happens". When stuff finally "happens" - then it is too late.

    Pathetic situation.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 30, 2008

    Who is the white elephant? lol

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 30, 2008

    Thirdly, I am not responsible for everything that goes wrong in the African American culture no more than you are responsible for the crimes committed.

    You responded and that told your story without you realizing it. lol lol

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 30, 2008

    First of all, the name is not "honey". Secondly, you don't know me and you definitely don't know if I am in the streets or not. So before you past judgment on me, check yourself first. Thirdly, I am not responsible for everything that goes wrong in the African American culture no more than you are responsible for the crimes committed.
    ctechic2004

    Ok, cookie, I read you. But If you was as smart as you proclaim you would keep your mouth shut. Nothing you says makes any sense. Anyway, I am not a criminal but apparently you are since your motor is still running and you know the end and out of the game. TO ONE THAT THINKS THEY KNOW IT ALL. LOL LOL LOL If you are part of society, then you are to blame. lol lol Except that fact and move, honey.

  • Space Mountain Jul 30, 2008

    Nevermind the white elephant in the room.

  • ctechic2004 Jul 30, 2008

    Then, honey you should get rid of the negative attitude and help your people. Maybe the young men would appreciate you being involved with them and showing them the right way to go. But with you in the streets yourself, you are not the suitable person to be around youth.
    Dr. Dataclerk

    First of all, the name is not "honey". Secondly, you don't know me and you definitely don't know if I am in the streets or not. So before you past judgment on me, check yourself first. Thirdly, I am not responsible for everything that goes wrong in the African American culture no more than you are responsible for the crimes committed.

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