Austin police say four people are facing charges after a weekend riot in the parking lot of Highland Mall. Officers had to break up a crowd of around 200 people around midnight Saturday.
According to affidavits, some people in the crowd were unruly and out of control. APD sent every available officer in the area to the mall. Somewhere between 25 and 30 officers rushed to calm the crowd. Some people were even walking on the tops of cars. Officers had to pull people off of each other and used pepper spray. EMS treated a total of seven patients at the scene. No one was transported to the hospital.
Corporal David Boyd with APD says it takes a large presence of law enforcement to break up this kind of crowd.
"People get in big crowds like that and sometimes get out of control and start doing silly things just not listening to officer's commands and it takes a sheer amount of officer presence to make them decide that we need to stop and behave and probably get out of here," said Boyd.
The large fight sent the following four people to jail:
The fight happened near the House of Torment, which is set up in the parking lot of Highland Mall. Jon Love, the vice president of House of Torment issued this statement.
"The incident last night in the Highland Mall parking lot did not involve House of Torment patrons. Safety is of the utmost concern at House of Torment. We always employ a large staff of highly trained security to ensure the safety of our patrons. And we are proud to say that in the 11 years we have been open, we have been without incident. We would also like to thank the Austin Police Department for their help in keeping Halloween safe for everyone this season."