10 minors arrested at Providence Place Mall

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.: 10 juveniles, as young as 11 years old, were arrested at the Providence Place Mall on Saturday during two separate incidents, according to Providence Police. 

Police were first called to the mall for a report that three minors assaulted a 12-year-old around 7:30 p.m near Victoria’s Secret. According to a police report, the victim was bleeding from his mouth after he was kicked and punched. 

Police say it started as a verbal argument inside that turned physical. Mall security apprehended the 3 minors and then contacted police who arrested them. 

Police arrested 7 other minors after a separate disturbance at the mall near the food court on the third floor around 10 p.m. According to the police report,  the girls were 11 to 15 years old. There was a physical altercation that drew in a crowd of about 100 onlookers. 

Police were already in the area at the time and separated and handcuffed all 7 girls. All were charged with disorderly conduct, and one was charged with resisting arrest. 

According to the mall’s management, they celebrated their 20th Anniversary this Saturday with a free movie night which drew a large number of younger people. 

Several disruptions took place in the center away from the event, but were quickly handled with minimum interruption to the center and its guests,” Mark Dunbar, Senior General Manager at Providence Place said. “The safety and comfort of our guests is always our top priority.” 

Some concerned parents wanted to know where the parents of some of these children were.

“If you’re a teenager that’s one thing, but if you’re not you need some type of adult supervision,” Dawn J., a Providence resident said. “In the mall in a gang or whatever roaming around. I am concerned about that.”

Mayor Jorge Elorza said it is important to remember these are children. 

“Kids making bad decisions and while we need to respond, let’s also take their ages into perspective,” the Mayor said. 

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