5 arrests after up to 1,000 juveniles cause disruption at Cherry Hill Mall

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Five arrests after chaos at Cherry Hill Mall
Five arrests after chaos at Cherry Hill Mall: Annie McCormick reports on Action News at 11 p.m., December 27, 2017

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Police say up to 1,000 juveniles were causing a disruption at the Cherry Hill Mall on Tuesday night leading to some arrests.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. at the JC Penney entrance of the mall located on Route 38.

Arriving officers found approximately 700 to 1,000 unaccompanied juveniles at the mall.

Shoppers described the chaos:

"I was scared just because there were so many and they were unsupervised," said Daija Qualis. "It looked like a hostile situation."

Police said it began near the JCPenney wing but shoppers said it spread to the food court.

"They were shaking on the doors, kicking the doors," said Tyler Johnson. "The kids outnumbered the adults 10 to two. It was bad."

An Action News viewer sent cell phone video of crowds milling around near the food court.

Teens cause disruption at Cherry Hill Mall: Monica Malpass reports on Action News at 11 p.m., December 26, 2017

While dispersing the crowd, police made five arrests.

Four of those arrested were from Camden, New Jersey; the other was from Cherry Hill. They were arrested for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to resisting arrest.

Witnesses told Action News police used the loudspeaker to usher the kids out.

Police say no injuries or property damage were reported.

Just last week, Cherry Hill police warned parents not to let kids wander on their own at the mall.

Arrests after Cherry Hill Mall disturbance. Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at Noon on December 27, 2017.