Reporting Jessica Kartalija
HANOVER, Md. (WJZ) — Black Friday got off to a bad start for one shopper in Anne Arundel County when he’s attacked in a mall parking lot.
Jessica Kartalija has more.
Arundel Mills Mall opened its doors to holiday shoppers at midnight.
Just two hours later, police say a teenager was walking out of Bed, Bath & Beyond when a group of men started following him. When he reached the sidewalk, they attacked–punching the teen, and grabbing his shopping bag.
“Well, you know, everyone is trying to prey on anyone that’s easy to rob. Everyone is shopping and so you know, people are always out there looking for victims,” said one shopper.
Police are looking for five suspects, between the ages of 17 and 21 wearing black North Face jackets and jeans.
Police say they took off on foot toward the Bass Pro store across the parking lot.
“It’s pretty messed up. People are definitely pretty greedy around these times,” he said.
The mall’s general manager released a statement, saying:
“Thousands of eager shoppers have been enjoying great bargain hunting at Arundel mills without incident since midnight. We look forward to welcoming many more shoppers looking to stock up on great holiday gifts at great prices.”
The National Crime Prevention Council is reminding shoppers not to buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by shopping with a friend, and do not leave packages visible inside your car.
“It happens, you’ve got to be cautious, it’s that time of the year” another shopper said.
In this case, the victim suffered a minor injury but refused medical treatment.
The suspects are still on the loose.
Arundel Mills and several malls throughout Maryland have increased security during the busy holiday shopping season.