ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It seems that people will do almost anything for a pair of Air Jordans this holiday season.
Police broke up large crowds waiting for the basketball shoes at two local malls this morning, resulting in six arrests.
The rowdy crowds began gathering at Columbia Mall and Westfield Annapolis Mall at 4:30 a.m. for a pre-sale of the hot holiday shoe. Security officers at Westfield Annapolis Mall asked customers to stay in their cars until the store opened at 6:00 a.m. The original crowd of 200 refused and the crowd grew to 500 people by 5:30 a.m.
Anne Arundel County police and Annapolis City police responded for crowd control, put up barricades and the pre-sale was canceled. Despite the barricade, one man attempted to cut in line three times. As police tried to arrest Sean Marice Turner, he pushed an officer.
Two others were also arrested after refusing to obey the officers. Leah Danielle Garrison and her boyfriend Cameron Demarco Gilbert were taken into police custody following a trespassing report from the Lid's store.
Large crowds also formed at Arundel Mills Mall where the same shoes were being sold. Two arrests were made there as well, but police have not released their names.
It was a similar scene in Howard County at Columbia Mall where 500 people began lining up at 4:30. After the shoes ran out, the crowd got rowdy and police were called to break up a disturbance. A 16 year-old girl was arrested for trespassing because she refused to leave.
The shoe frenzy is not limited to Maryland. Police used pepper spray to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a Seattle area mall to buy the first Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes that went on sale early Friday.
Additionally, at least four people were arrested at a suburban Atlanta mall after a crowd of customers broke down a door before a store selling the Air Jordans opened.
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