Hagerstown mall briefly locked down after uproar over Nikes

Crowd seeking new sneakers became unruly, police say

February 05, 2012|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Valley Mall in Hagerstown was temporarily closed Saturday morning after a crowd of patrons seeking to buy the new Nike Foam sneakers became out of control, police said.

At 8:10 a.m., with about 100 people gathered in front of the mall's Footlocker store, a security officer called police to say that the crowd "was beginning to become unruly," said a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

About 15 officers from the sheriff's office, the Maryland State Police and Hagerstown police arrived at the mall to discover that up to 150 patrons were involved, the release said.

The entire mall was then evacuated and locked down. When it was reopened, patrons seeking to buy the Nikes were escorted into the Footlocker store a few at a time.

No one was arrested or injured, police said. The mall opened for regular business at 10 a.m.

A Footlocker representative told police that the store had about 90 pairs of the shoes in stock and that they were sold out before 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the news release. Some customers had been in line since 7:30 p.m. Friday, the release said.

In December, several people were arrested at malls around the state and country when police broke up crowds assembled to buy Air Jordan Concord sneakers.

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