WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police reported that a fight broke out at the Westfarms Mall in West Hartford Thursday night — around the same time that fights broke out at CT Post Mall and Westfield Trumbull.
West Hartford police report that they were called to the scene of a large juvenile presence outside the Footlocker and Jc Penny at the Westfarms Mall around 6:13 p.m.
Upon arrival, officers confirmed that a fight involving juveniles was in progress.
Agencies on scene cleared the area.
WHPD arrested several juveniles as a result of the fight. The charges include interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct; they are issued a juvenile summons and released to a parent.
The mall remained open after the incident.
It’s unclear if there were injuries.
The mall released a statement Thursday night regarding the incident and the police response:
“The safety and security of our customers and employees is our first priority. This unacceptable conduct undermines our family friendly standards.
We thank the Police and security that acted swiftly to restore normal operating conditions. We continue to actively assist the Farmington and West Hartford police investigation into this matter.”– Amanda Sirica, Westfarms Spokesperson
This all comes on the one year anniversary of the brawls that broke out at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester.
That mall and the Brass Mill Center in Waterbury implemented curfews this holiday season as a result.
Friday, Westfarms Mall released a statement regarding a security policy they will be implementing moving forward:
“While Westfarms has not implemented a juvenile curfew policy, we have bolstered our security team for the weekend and will continue to partner closely with local police working onsite to enforce local laws and our Code of Conduct.
If at any time a customer or group is in violation of either, or is disrupting the shopping and dining experience for any other customer, the individuals will be immediately removed by security or police, regardless of age.
Further, we will continue to assess the ongoing circumstances and, if warranted, will certainly consider all options to ensure a safe environment, including a juvenile curfew policy.“– Amanda Sirica, Westfarms Spokesperson