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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Air Jordans attract crowds, police at area malls

In one of several incidents in the area and the nation Friday, an early morning crowd hoping to buy new Air Jordan shoes was dispersed by police Friday morning, Anne Arundel County authorities said.

A version of Nike’s Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord shoe became available at midnight, according to the company and published reports. Crowds lined up at stores across the country, including several hundred who turned up at Westfield Annapolis Mall hours before the mall was scheduled to open, according to police.

In Loudoun County, meanwhile, more than 250 people gathered in a parking lot at the Dulles Town Center Mall because of advertised sales starting at 3 p.m., according to the county sheriff’s office. Some managed to enter the mall before it opened, authorities said, overwhelming deputies and mall security.


INDIANAPOLIS VIDEO: Police across the country reported fights, trampled shoppers and in some cities, pepper spray was used on crowds. (CBS News)

After other departments were called for assistance, authorities eventually got the crowd under control, issuing tickets to enter stores through a lottery. No arrests were made, authorities said, though one woman suffered a leg injury and a pickpocketing was reported.

In Annapolis, police said mall security requested police assistance around 4:30 a.m. Friday. About 200 people were already there, police said, and when security asked them to remain in their cars until the mall opened many refused.

By 5:30 a.m., the crowd had grown to 500 people, according to police.

Police did not report any arrests or injuries. Some officers remained at the mall to help with crowd control, police said.

Police in Prince George’s and Fairfax Counties reported positioning officers in area malls to help crowd control. In Fairfax, police reported some early morning crowding at Springfield Mall.

Crowds hoping to buy the shoes have gathered around the country, according to reports. In Indianapolis, a mall’s door was torn off its hinges, according to the Star. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported arrests after a crowd knocked down mall doors, and the Associated Press reported pepper spray being used on crowds in the Seattle area.

This item has been updated.

Post reporters Matt Zapotosky and Erica W. Morrison contributed to this item.

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By David Marino-Nachison  |  12:10 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Categories:  Anne Arundel, David P. Marino-Nachison

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