Mob rushes Walmart, frightening customers

Mob rushes Walmart, frightening customers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A wild night at Walmart after 30 people rushed the store and began tossing items from the shelves.

The incident happened just before 11:30 Friday night at the 1815 E. Highland store.

The manager said a group of about 30 males and females rushed into the store, filming with phones.

Store surveillance video showed the group as they began taking items off the shelves and throwing them on the floor. When the manager confronted them, the group scattered and ran from the store, according to the initial incident report.

At least one customer told police she and her child ran and hid when the melee began.

Officer Anthony Zaffarano was one of several officers called to the scene. As he turned onto Browns Lane, he spotted three teens jogging from Bear State Bank toward the store.

He stopped the suspects and asked what they were doing. One of the boys said they were going to Walmart because he had dropped his cell phone there.

"I asked why they were parked at the bank and not driving over there," Zaffarano stated in his incident report. "I got no answer."

Zaffarano and the three suspects, one aged 17 and other two 15, went to the store where the manager told the officer the trio had been involved in the reported fight.

Zaffarano cited the three suspects with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief then released them.

The manager also served the boys with criminal trespass papers, the report stated.

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