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Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Nike Foamposite Galaxy shoe release canceled; one arrested at Maryland mall

One person was arrested and more than 200 were still gathered outside The Mall at Prince George’s in Hyattsville Friday morning after crowds gathered to buy a new pair of Nike shoes officials told them wouldn’t be sold, authorities said.

A crowd gathered Thursday night, according to Sgt. Chris Purvis, a Hyattsville police spokesman. Sometime before midnight, he said, they were told that the Nike Foamposite Galaxy shoes would not be sold Friday.

Some people grew agitated, Purvis said, and many did not leave.

“The people last night were agitated,” Purvis said. “The people [today] are like, ‘We think they’re gonna sell the shoe.’”

Julie Parker, a Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman, said on Twitter that the crowd numbered as high as 1,000 at one time. At that point, however, she said county officers had not made any arrests or seen any truly problematic violence.

Purvis said police arrested one person for disorderly conduct, but he did not have precise details. He said police are still monitoring the crowd as more people show up in hopes of getting the shoe.

Purvis said mall officials decided not to sell the shoe, though police officers were relaying the message to those gathered.

In late December, the Internet was abuzz with reports that an 18-year-old District man was recently killed over a pair of Nike shoes that drew thousands to malls around the nation, but no area police department ever announced the death of such a man.

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