CRIME
04/25/2012 04:31 pm ET Updated Apr 26, 2012

Mall Of America Fight: 8 Adults, 11 Juveniles Charged In Brawl

Eight adults and 11 minors face a variety of charges including rioting and disorderly conduct for several fights that turned the Mall of America into a chaotic scene on the day after Christmas.

It took dozens of police officers and mall security guards several hours to break up the scattered fights and restore order to the huge shopping and entertainment complex in Bloomington, Minn.

Initially, 12 people were busted on allegations they were involved in the melee in the food court and other sections of the mall. But prosecutors in Bloomington and in Hennepin County announced charges against additional suspects after combing through surveillance footage, Internet clips and cellphone video, according to the Leader-Telegram.

The charges include rioting, disorderly conduct, trespassing and marijuana possession, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Video of the brawl was widely circulated after the Dec. 26 melee and mall officials vowed to increase security in the aftermath, KARE reported.

No one was seriously injured in the fracas, according to reports, but brawlers punched, kicked and threw objects at each other.

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