People call for curfew after recent brawl at Concord Mills

People call for curfew after recent brawl at Concord Mills

CONCORD, N.C. — A Concord Mills security guard said a large fight broke out Saturday night near the mall's food court.

The security guard and an off-duty officer broke up a fight that started with two people, but others joined in.

An adult was arrested on suspicion of spitting on an officer and on having outstanding warrants. Six others, including four teenagers, were cited on suspicion of conduct.

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Tabitha Spencer, who works at the bookstore next to the food court, said she thinks the mall should look at adding curfews for teens.

“It’s not acceptable. It’s not how you act in a public place,” Spencer said. “When I was a teenager, I went to Concord Mills. I never started any fights.”

Concord Mills doesn't currently have a current curfew in place, but several places in the area do.

Most recently, in March, Gastonia Mall required visitors under 18 years old to be accompanied by a parent on Fridays and Saturdays after 4 p.m.

The Charlotte Premium Outlets, Carolina Place Mall and Monroe Crossing don't have curfews.

Concerns about adding a curfew to Concord Mills began in September when a resident started a petition urging the mall to do more after a shots-fired call that turned out to be false but ended with two teenagers charged.

Concord Mills officials haven’t said if they plan on changing their policies.

“Your kids do what you teach them to do. That’s how I feel about it,” resident Roger Dameron said.

Concord police and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office have off-duty officers working inside the mall and in the surrounding area.