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Police: Disturbance at Fayette Mall unrelated to fights across nation

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 17:06:37-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Shoppers and employees turned their heads on Thursday evening when a crowd of 50 to 75 juveniles began yelling at each other in the Fayette Mall food court.

The Lexington Police Department said that the event is isolated as far as they know and attributed the mass of teenagers in the mall Thursday to school being out for winter break.

Police responded as a precaution when the disturbance began and ultimately helped disperse the crowd when the juveniles lingered in the mall parking lot after being asked to leave.

The situation was resolved within 20 minutes, according to Brenna Angel, the Lexington Police Department's public information officer.

Reports of similar disturbances surfaced in several other states on Thursday.

In Cincinnati, an officer was overpowered when hundreds of teenagers flooded the Northgate Mall around 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, confusion broke out over whether a gun had been fired in Fort Worth, Texas when dozens of fighting teenagers knocked over a large display in Hulen Mall.

Angel said that the police department did not find the situation on Thursday at the Fayette Mall to be connected to any similar mall disturbances around the nation.

There were no arrests made and no injuries were reported.

A mall spokesperson also confirmed that there was no damage to mall property.

The Lexington Police Department has closed the case.