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December 23, 2011
Author: Chris Shaw
Taken from: FOX Atlanta - Race for New Air Jordan Sneakers Turns Ugly at a Metro Atlanta Mall
LITHONIA, Ga. - The quest for some limited edition sneakers took an ugly turn early Friday morning outside the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. DeKalb police say several people were arrested , including one woman who left two young children in her car, after the new Nike Air Jordan 11 Concords went on sale.
Hundreds of people began lining up just after midnight hours on Friday to get their hands on a pair of Nike's new $200 Michael Jordan sneakers. They were being sold at four different stores in the mall, though a limited number of pairs were available.
Apparently, some people could not wait until the mall opened its doors at 8 a.m. Police were called to the scene after a crowd of people apparently pried open the mall doors.
Police escorted most of the people back outside. At least four people were arrested in that incident. Police say more arrests could come as a result of the break-in.
According to police, one woman left two young children in her car in the mall parking lot. Police had to break her car window to get the children out. They say the woman's car had been in the parking lot for quite a while.
Police waited for the woman to return to her car and when she did, she was arrested. The woman told FOX 5 she was looking for her cousin and not buying sneakers. She says she did not know if her cousin was there to buy the sneakers. However, several people told FOX 5 that she was there to purchase the sneakers.
The children, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old, were released to the woman's family. They were not hurt.
FOX 5 reached out to both mall officials and representatives of the stores that were selling the shoes, but none of them have gotten back to us to comment.