Six girls arrested after 100-person riot at Severance Town Center in Cleveland Heights

An officer was sent to the hospital and six girls were arrested after a 100-person riot at Severance Town Center Sunday.

Cleveland Heights police received a call about a major disturbance at the shopping center at 8:42 p.m. Sunday.

Upon arrival at Wal-Mart, 3606 Mayfield Road, officers reportedly observed more than 100 juveniles inside the store riding around on bicycles taken from displays.

The juveniles were riding up and down the aisles of the store, according to a press release from police.

Officers “managed to restore order,” according to the release, and the juveniles dispersed.

The same group of juveniles then reportedly reassembled afterwards and attempted to enter another business in the shopping center, Regal Cinemas, 3492 Mayfield.

The group reportedly tried to push their way into the theater, and mixed with a crowd of other patrons waiting to buy tickets for a movie.

Officers reported it appeared three girls were responsible for sparking the violence that began at the theater.

The girls reportedly started fighting in the area of the ticket booths. Approximately the same number of people were involved in this incident as in the one inside Wal-Mart, police said.

The fight between the three girls reportedly resulted in numerous other fights breaking out.

Police received mutual aid from Shaker Heights, University Heights and South Euclid.

In the end, police arrested six girls for aggravated rioting and transported them to the county detention facility.

Those arrested were a Cleveland Heights girl, 15, a Maple Heights girl, 14, a Shaker Heights girl, 17, an East Cleveland girl, 15, and two Cleveland girls, ages 15 and 16.

A police officer was treated at the hospital for injuries to the wrist after the incident.

According to police, security tapes from Wal-Mart are being reviewed to help identify other riot participants.

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