New Nike Air sale leads to scuffle at Southland Mall

21-year-old charged with inciting a riot


TAYLOR, Mich. – Taylor Police responded to Southland Mall early this morning when a crowd of about 300 people became unruly while waiting for the Mall to open.

At about 5:30 a.m., Southland Mall called police for assistance with a large crowd of about 300 people were lined up outside outside. Customers were waiting outside to buy the new Nike Air Force 1 shoe.

The Mall was not scheduled to open until 8 a.m.

Approximately 100 people gained entry through two doors near JC Penny and Best Buy. The crowd forced its way in by pulling the main doors open. Once inside, there was some minor interior damage to decorations and benches that were toppled over during the scuffle.

Police from Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Brownstown Township and Southgate responded to assist Taylor. The crowd was safely dispersed from the mall with only one arrest of a 21-year-old Detroit man. Taylor police are holding him and seeking charges of inciting to riot.

There were no injuries reported and property damage was isolated to the interior of the mall.

There were also crowd control problems reported in Indianapolis, Indiana and Seattle, Washington.