Nine juveniles were arrested and officers used pepper spray to break up crowds outside the Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk on Friday night, Baltimore County police said.

Cpl. Shawn Vinson said police began receiving calls at about 9 p.m. when about 300 teens left an event at the mall. He said the police received complaints about fights breaking out and damage to property. A woman also reported that her purse and cellphone were stolen and her windshield was smashed, Vinson said.


The arrests were related to the robbery, Vinson said, as well as to allegations of second-degree assault and destruction of property.

Lakeeta Branch said she and her 15-year-old son and his friend were injured in the incident.

Branch said in an email that she was kicked in the head, back, stomach, chest and face. Branch said her son and his friend were “balled up in fetal position on the ground while these children continued to stomp hit and spit on us.”

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Branch said in a brief phone interview Saturday that she was still in pain, and that she was talking with officers at the Dundalk Precinct.

Branch said her windshield was smashed and $1,200 in cash was taken from her car as a result of the melee. The money, she said, was a collection of contributions for an organization created for those who suffer from mental illness, chronic homelessness, re-entry from incarceration, and other issues.

Vinson confirmed a car windshield was destroyed, and a purse and cell phone were stolen in the incident.

No other injuries were reported, Vinson said.

The teens were attending a March Madness party that had been advertised on social media, Vinson said.

County police requested Maryland State Police to assist with the crowd, he said. They also asked the Maryland Transit Administration to bring buses to the area.

Several officers used their departmental pepper spray to defuse the crowd.

Eastpoint Mall does not list a curfew policy on its website for visitors younger than 18. Such a policy is in place at some other Baltimore-area malls, including White Marsh Mall, which announced a mandatory curfew in early March.