COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Video showing more than a dozen people fighting inside the Easton Town Center has been shared more than 8,500 times on Facebook.
Luke Katterhenrich shared the video on Facebook Saturday evening. Katterhenrich tells NBC4 he was entering the station building around 4:30 pm Saturday when he saw several people running from the mall, looking behind them. When he entered he saw a few of the people shoving one another. He grabbed his phone and filmed the melee, trying to stay out of the way.
After about a minute, security enters and takes at least two of the fighters into custody.
The incident is being considered trespassing according to Columbus police records. According to those police records, this is the fourth trespassing case at the mall since Jan. 7. Records also show police have responded to three assaults at the mall since Dec. 29, 2015.
On behalf of Easton Town Center Management, public relations spokeswoman Lisa Hinson released the following statement:
Behavior of this nature is not tolerated on our property. These individuals were immediately ejected from the property and are no longer welcome at Easton. If they return to the property, they will be violating the law and will be held responsible to the full extent of the law.
It was the third fight at the mall since Christmas. An Easton spokeswoman says after two fights in late December, the number of security personnel was increased during high usage times. She said the parental escort policy was also modified to further restrict the times when young teenagers are allowed in the mall without a parent.
According to mall officials, 11 individuals were apprehended after the fight on Saturday – several inside the mall, the others in a parking garage.
Officials say none of those involved wanted to press charges. They were all ejected from Easton Town Center property and could face legal charges if they return.
No one was seriously hurt.