Dozens of police units from Chicago and surrounding suburbs descended on Ford City Mall Saturday afternoon after a large group of unruly teens began to wreak havoc, according to reports.
Around 4:45 p.m. police were called to the mall, 7601 S. Cicero Ave., after a group of "a group of older youths" entered the mall and began to cause a disturbance, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The incident occurred shortly after a widely promoted appearance by the boy band Mindless Behavior. The Tribune reports that about 1,000 children and adults were at the mall for the appearance and that the chaos broke out around 45 minutes after the appearance ended.
A mall spokesperson denied that the event had anything to do with the ensuing incident and that a group of young people came to the mall specifically to "cause chaos", Sun-Times media reports.
There were only two minor injuries reported and the only damage found at Ford City was a damaged planter.
The group eventually spilled out into the parking lot where they began to jump on cars and descend on the Best Buy across Cicero Avenue, according to ABC-7.
About 20 people were in custody following the incident, ABC-7 reports.
Local online news site Southwest Chicago Post published an editorial soon after news of the incident spread raising questions about the mall's security and ability to handle large crowds.
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