UPDATED: Police Respond to Fight at Pentagon City Mall

by ARLnow.com December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm 6,872 47 Comments

(Updated at 3:45 p.m.) Police responded to Pentagon City mall this afternoon after a fight broke out between two groups of people.

The call originally came in as a report of a man spotted with a gun near the Capital One Bank, on the food court level. Police took five people into custody near the Pentagon City Metro station, and soon determined that the initial report of a gun was erroneous.

The five people initially taken into custody were all banned from the mall, according to Arlington County Police spokeswoman Det. Crystal Nosal. One of the men was arrested for assaulting another man, she said, and the other four were released from custody.

  • demonfafa

    Why is this news in a state with open carry laws?

    • PCity

      Maybe the mall has something against it thus the gunholders were trespassing and wouldn’t leave or perhaps there was a threat made?

    • I am guessing the man pointed the gun at someone, which would make his act illegal.

    • Bob

      I’ve had friends reported despite being legal. Thats what happens when you live in true blue NOVA.

    • brendan

      if you feel the need to open carry, you’re not concealing much…

      • Facepalm

        Yeah, open carry = not concealing much. By definition.

      • JamesE

        can’t conceal these pythons!

        • Facepalm


  • Jennifer

    Not a whole lot about the story has been revealed, but–what do open carry laws have to do with anything? If some nut pulls a gun in a mall food court, I can’t imagine they are so concerned with obeying gun laws.

    • demonfafa

      The original story didn’t say “brandished” or “pulled” a gun. It said “with a gun.”

  • Barney Fife

    No weapons allowed in the mall. Private property with posted restrictions.

    • KalashniKEV

      I didn’t know it was posted. I’ve unknowingly been in violation…

      “no large signs on the doors, there are posted just inside the outer doors signs call the “Code of Conduct” that list about 15 things that patrons may not do while inside rthe mall. About halfway down the list is a prohibition against weapons of any kind, “including, but not limited to firearms, knives, etc., or anything else that could be used to inflict harm.” ”


      • CW

        I bet a lot of the Williams-Sonoma customers are in violation too!!

        • KalashniKEV

          Noooo… Pottery Barn???

          It’s not posted anywhere that I can see…

      • Question

        Are those Codes of Conduct legally binding? That is, can you be arrested for violating it, or just be asked to leave the property? If you refuse to leave, then they can call the police for trespassing, not anything to do with “the code”.

        • Barney Fife

          Here’s how the call comes in: “We have someone trespassing in our Mall. They are breaking our code on conduct”. Police: “Yeah, we’ll send someone over by Friday”. “But they also have a gun”. Police: “SWAT is on the way, lock down all entrances and initiate defense protocol alpha”

          • KalashniKEV

            In reality, they will usually ask you to leave and you just say, “Fine, I’ll take my business elsewhere.”

      • LPS4DL

        You of all people should not be carrying, owning, aiming or anything when it comes to firearms. For public safety’s sake, disarm yourself before you hurt yourself.

  • Grandstander

    Wow, I was literally just there and saw the beginning of this fight. All I saw was one teenager being really aggressive and yelling at another group of two teenagers while he was being held back by his friend.

    I left at this point as I don’t particularly like to be around heated and unpredictable kids and I’m glad I did knowing they were armed. You see these kids in the Pentagon City Mall all the time. I hope police start cracking down on the loitering because it’s not only annoying but it’s dangerous.

    • CrystalMikey

      True that.

    • JamesE

      was there a lot of finger snapping?

      • word


      • Tabby

        Beat me to it.

        Glad Officer Krumke was on the beat.

    • PerpWalk

      Race of the perps? (as though we haven’t figured it out)

  • LuvDusty

    @JamesE: Yes, lots of finger snapping, some grand battements, 2 pirouettes and 3 lines of “boy, boy, crazy boy, stay COOOL boy!” (I may be the only dork who got your West Side Story reference!)

    On a more related note–get ready kids–as soon as the Tyson’s Metro is complete, you can expect more of the same or worse over there.

    “Somethin’ Comin!”

    • Barney Fife

      OH yeah, you right. They’re going to be all up in Saks.

  • Pablo

    Send the suspect(s) to Ballston Common Mall. They’d love the business.

    • Facepalm

      Strap them to the Colombia Pike Trolley and ram them into the Artisphere! Three in one blow.

    • j

      that made me laugh. Thank you.

  • Uhhh

    “Police took five people into custody near the Pentagon City Metro station, and soon determined that the initial report of a gun was erroneous.”

    Can you people not read?

    • Sam

      Do you not realize the story was only recently updated with that info?

    • Grateful

      The initial article that was posted @ 3:12 indicated that a man with a gun was spotted at the mall. The article was later updated @ 3:45. All of the comments referencing a gun occurred prior to the update @ 3:45!

  • Always Right

    Wonder if they will infect the Tyson Mall too when the metro is completed.

    • Facepalm

      Without a doubt. The Potomac has its uses…

    • CrystalMikey

      Sad to say I was thinking the same thing.

      • KalashniKEV

        Purple Line, Ninja… ya hurd me?

      • Arlingtonian

        All the rich people that shop there are not going to be happy.

    • Arlingtonian

      Infect, hehe .. like zombies.

  • anonymouse

    Why is this even news? Pentagon City Mall is a hovel of low-class groups hankering for trouble.

  • soarlslacker

    My office used to be in the office bldg attached to the mall. Numerous cops on bikes used to patrol the outside mall area. Their lockers for their bike equipment (pumps, etc…) were down by Nordstroms where the curved covered area has picnic like tables and chairs. I ate my luch out there everyday and they would tell me the stories of the events at the mall. ex: shoot out with car theives in the parking garage. I used to walk home from work very late at night. They suggested that this was not safe and that after dark I should walk home with someone else or get sometone to pick me up. Our bldg security left at 11;30pm so I left at 11:00pm. With badged doors and security at the front desk unwanted people still got in. A woman in HR discoved a strange man who had no right to be in the bldg in the ladies room. I saw the police drag the cuffed guy out of the bldg. The mall, while convenient, attacks lots of people and some of them are criminals.
    Not sure about all the “Gun Talk”. Tasers are legal in VA, why would you need a gun?

    • Arlingtonian

      I enjoyed your comment and found it interesting but I couldn’t help but giggle that you wrote “The mall … attacks lots of people” I know it’s just a typo and you obviously meant to type “attracts” but I have this image in my head now of the Pentagon City Mall rearing up like Godzilla and breathing fire, or maybe hiding in a dark alley

      • drax

        And isn’t a mall supposed to attract alot of people?

    • b0rk

      Because gun > taser, obviously.

  • Just Me

    I don’t go to that mall, it’s just a thug mall. If I have to go to a mall I go to Tyson’s and that may be once a year.

  • Joe

    I am willing to bet my life these were young teenage white males!!!! SHOCKER!

    • I’m willing to bet you’re wrong….

      Not because I care either way honestly, but I used to work in that mall (for 10 years) and the percentage of white teens (minus the tour groups) to other races was VERY small. And the tour group kids were often from small towns and too busy “ohhing and ahhing” at the 3 story mall as if they were in the center of Times Square to get into fights. Haha

    • j

      don’t feed the troll


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