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THIRTY-PERSON MELEE BREAKS OUT AT MALL OVER POTATO
(West Virginia) - A brawl involving about 30 young people, security guards and police erupted at Crossroads Mall Saturday night after a potato-related dispute, Raleigh County sheriff's deputies reported. Just before 9:00 p.m., three teenage boys were near Pac Sun with a Steak Escape potato, Deputy J.E. Hajash said. One smashed the potato and made a mess. A security guard told the boy to clean up the mess, but he refused. When other teenagers tried to clean up the mess for him, he told them not to. The incident escalated when the group first began arguing with security guards, then physically fought with them. Then, as Hajash and Cpl. K.D. Harold arrived on the scene, about 30 teenagers, both boys and girls, and probably some adults, began fighting with both security guards and police. "We had others jumping on our backs and fighting us," Hajash said. After the melee settled, four boys between 13 and 17 years old were placed under arrest, Hajash said. He was confident the boys who began the incident were the ones under arrest, even though law enforcement was not able to arrest everyone involved.